This page will attempt to keep you all up to date with the various activities around development of the club’s new track.
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This is an impression of what our track development could look like when completed!
Pretty impressive to think that instead of having to make the trip to Cork or further afield that athletes can make the short trip out the road to train in top class facilities.
No longer a field of dreams, this is now a field of potential.
Club members are working very hard behind the scenes to bring this to reality.
-We need your support now more ever!
Gofundme.com Page to support track development
We are so excited to announce that work commenced on the site of our new home today. The dream is finally becoming a reality!
This morning, it was announced that Bandon AC was awarded a total of €290,000 from the Sports Capital grant, which is a part of the sports capital and equipment programme operated by the Department of Sport.
This grant is a fantastic boost for the clubs fundraising and a recognition of the need to develop sports facilities for Bandon and the wider West Cork Region.
The development will secure top-class athletics facilities for current and future members of Bandon AC without the need to travel to Cork or further for training.
Current works of the track include the levelling and associated drainage works being carried out in the coming months. The laying of the track is targeted for the spring of 2023.
Bandon Athletic Club would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who assisted in this successful application including Christopher O’Sullivan TD for his support and for highlighting the project in the Dail, Athletics Ireland for their backing, our highly supportive local politicials and Councillors such as Senator Tim Lombard, Marie O’Sullivan, Sean O Donovan, the County mayor The Mayor of the County of Cork Gillian Coughlan and everyone who supplied their invaluable assistance with this funding. We are also welcoming enquiries from businesses and individuals who wish to support the club on its track development journey.
Hedge planting on the new site took place on Tuesday night. Thank you to Liam Crowley previous owner of site who helped facilitate the night and to all individuals who gave up their time to help!!
Minister Jack Chambers visited the site and was very impressed with the work that is being carried out
Current Track development
Quick look at the track development journey. The development committee and fundraising committee are working hard behind the scenes to lay the traten track by the end of Summer. On March 18th members of the club planted trees/bushes around the wider perimeter of the new track. Thank you to all members who turned up to help! approx 60 new trees were planted.
As of May 12th 2023, the external lights are currently being connected. The outline of the track can be seen. The club are still looking to do some fundraising to help us complete the laying of the track and have it ready but next year.