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Kinsale AFC Bold Fundraising Initiative

Kinsale Soccer Club Launch Bold Fund-Raising Initiative

Kinsale Soccer Club, which is one of the town’s longest serving community organisations, has launched an ambitious fundraising programme: Club Ambassador, to raise funds for its equally ambitious development initiative.

Perched on possibly one of the most picturesque settings of any football club in the country, overlooking Kinsale’s historic harbour, the club, which caters for over 400 children is urgently in need of upgrading its current facilities.

So, having secured a long-term lease from Cork County Council on land adjoining its current two playing pitches, the Kinsale Club has drawn up ambitious plans to erect new dressing rooms and a community meeting room on the recent acquisition.

Having already secured funding from a sport’s capital grant and a number of generous grants from the local authority, the club has embarked on what promises to be a unique fundraising campaign.

Based around the concept of individuals or corporate donors making a specific contribution over a four-year period.

Most importantly, there is no maximum or minimum amount to be donated, so the scheme looks certain to attract a wide range of supporters to the club’s latest initiative.

Launched at its Fort Hill grounds on Thursday last, with Senator Tim Lombard and Cllr Gillian Coughlan in attendance, Club PRO, Daniel Searls said: “The aim of pledge scheme is to cultivate a group of donors, who care about KInsale AFC and the community, and who want our club to thrive.”

“We are not an affluent club so our need is that bit more acute, especially in catering for our 400 plus members. “What we intend to do is to keep our donors involved every step of the way. “We want them to know that their support is having a transformative impact on our facilities and ultimately on the people availing of these facilities.”

In what has been a historic year for the club, securing promotion to the First Division of the Munster Senior League, August 10th will also be a historic day, when Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane pay a visit to the club as part of the FAI’s Festival of Football Week, during the club’s annual soccer camp.

Anyone looking to sign up for the scheme can contact Daniel Searls on 086-0708432 or email daniel.searls@gmail.com

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