All Weather Facility
An Historic Event at Carrigtwohill All Weather Facility
History was made last Sunday in the sunshine at Carrigtwohill All Weather Facility (AWF). The social and recreation games, Camán Abú and Peil Abú, were played for the very first time at this venue. One spectator described the games as being ‘full of activity, competitive and buckets of fun’. One example of this was seen when one of the participants from the green team scored a goal and cheered with delight! Her opponent congratulated her following this with a pat of the back.
The principles of these games include fun, recreation, non-contact and mixed gender teams. They are open to be played by all ages from 16 plus years.
Camán Abú is played with plastic hurleys and a softer and larger sliothar compared to the traditional game. The aim of the game is to score more goals that your opposition. Some of the rules include non-contact, ground hurling only and hooking / blocking is prohibited.
Peil Abú can be described as a cross between Gaelic football and Tag Rugby. Each player wears two tags at waist level. Opponents can dispose the player with the ball by pulling his / her tag only. Like Camán Abú the aim of the games is to score more than your opposition.
The games at Carrigtwohill AWF are played with 6 players per team – A goalkeeper and five outfielders.
Following the success of last Sunday, exhibition matches of the games, free of charge, will take place for the next four weeks on Thursdays from 8.30pm – 9.30pm and Sundays from 12pm – 1pm. All are encouraged to come along, spectate and give the games a try!
Let’s Get Carrigtwohill More Physically Active
Carrigtwohill Community Council Limited is currently developing some physical activity community initiatives. These include an After Schools Activity Programme (ASAP) and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Summer Camp aimed at primary school children from junior infants to 3rd class and Friday Night Youth Activities aimed at teenagers and primary school children in 5th and 6th class. Along with these we are developing a Morning Walkers Group for adults. click here for more....
Be Active After Schools Activities Programme Recommencing in 2013
The stretch of daylight in the evenings is ever increasing at this time of year along with slight increases in temperature. These changes are a sure sign that Spring is here. Further evidence of this was the sight of the Caretaker and Maintenance Manager at Carrigtwohill All Weather Facility (AWF) washing down the ride on lawnmower earlier this month. This is a sure sign of the enthusiasm all at Carrigtwohill AWF have for the growth during the Spring and Summer seasons.
In keeping with the current season, we plan to do some growing of our own with the expansion of the Be Active After Schools Activity Programme in April 2013. Last year was a great success and we hope this year will be even bigger and better. It will be open to pupils in both Scoil Cholchair Mhuire and Scoil Mhuire Naofa from junior infants to second class and is set to commence after the Easter holidays. The primary aim of the programme is to give children a safe, structured and professionally supervised environment where they can learn new movement skills and be physically active.
Like last year, in order for this initiative to be successful an active role from volunteers will be essential. Last year we had mainly parent volunteers. The roles involved will include supervising the children and assisting in coaching the games and activities. Letters and registration forms will shortly be circulated to parents through the schools and an information night for volunteers will take place prior to the commencement of programme.
Since Christmas the pitch has been in almost full swing at evening times with local clubs, companies and recreational users. Along with this we have had two Secondary Schools 7-a-side soccer tournaments in aid of the ISPCC and Irish Heart Foundation. This involved mainly students from CBS Secondary School and St. Colman’s Community School, both located in Midleton. Many thanks to all who helped with these events including the two schools who allowed us to advertise the tournaments in the schools and all the volunteers involved on the tournament days.
The Friday Night Youth Activities Project is continuing to be popular among the local teenagers. Numbers in attendance at this time of year are averaging at 12 – 14 with the average age of participants 14 years. At the moment the programme is organised for males only. It takes place at the AWF on Friday nights from 1930 – 2030 at a cost of €2.00 per player. If anyone is interested in organising a similar project for teenage girls I would be delighted to hear from you.
For further details on any of the programmes taking place or if you are looking to hire out the pitch contact me, Colin Santry, on 0879867596, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/carrigtwohillawf.
Finally, I did an interview with smilefmcork.com earlier this month on their ‘Game On – Sports Programme.’ It included information on the history of the All Weather Pitch and events currently taking place. This podcast can be listened to online at http://smilefmcork.com/game-on-sports-programme/.
Carrigtwohill All Weather Facility Reflects on 2012 and Eagerly Awaits 2013
By Colin Santry, Community Development and Facilities Administrator,
Carrigtwohill Community Council Limited.
"The clocks have gone back and the winter is well and truly here. A clear sign of this in Carrigtwohill is the fact that not a week night goes by without seeing the floodlights shining down on the hive of activities at Carrigtwohill All Weather Facility. We are into our busiest time of year with people travelling from Cork city and county to avail of Carrigtwohill All Weather Facility."
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The overall size of the pitch will be 95m x 55m with four light columns, each 16m high and a 5m high fence all round. Each 5 a-side pitch will be 55m x 24m.
The playing surface is the first of its kind in Ireland and is a third generation synthetic grass. With this grass, key improvements have been made to improve resistance to friction, ball roll and bounce, sustainability and quality of the pitch itself.
Improved fibre technologies have made it possible to obtain lower risk sliding characteristics. This generation of synthetic grass systems is also extremely environmentally friendly and along with our green lighting system makes the whole project very carbon friendly.
It will be F.I.FA. approved and we look forward to a year of exercise and keeping fit. This facility will be available to use for sports such as hurling, football, soccer, camogie, ladies football, rugby etc. etc.
It is hoped to have nights where individual estates can have their own football matches.
Four 5-a-side pitches (Quads), half pitch or one full size pitch
Available to rent by the hour. Special rates for local clubs & organisations
Open 9.00am to 10.00pm daily
PLEASE NOTE PLAY TIMES ARE ON THE HALF HOUR
Ideal for sports and social clubs, summer camps, schools, sports clubs of all types.
Telephone bookings taken from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
on (087)9867596 or by email email@example.com
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