In your own words, tell us about your project.
Claremont Stadium began life as a link between the north and south side of the town of Navan, some 40 years ago providing a soccer club and an athletic club for the town. Today its goal is to promote healthy lives and encourage well being within our town and re capture the word community. Claremont not only provides a base for clubs of all types (Athletics, Badminton, Soccer, Girl Guides, Special Olympics, Futsal, Dance groups, etc) but is home to many individuals who come through its doors to socialise or to learn a new skill. Groups such as Mens Shed, who started small but continue to grow, are learning that the word community is more than a word. It can be a way of life.
Why did you do this work?
The stadium is a not for profit organization and is self funded. It is in the best interests of the stadium that we invite people of all abilities to come through the door to learn a new skill or sport and by doing so become involved in helping improve Claremont Stadium's facilities.
In such a fast growing town, it important to be seen. We discovered a few years ago that many new families were unaware of our existence and more importantly what we have to offer the community as a whole. So it became important to extend the range of educational course and sports clubs who are making the stadium their home. We began to offer day time courses, with the help of the Louth Meath Educational Training Board, and so our footfall increased. We have held community parties, worked with Cultur to host a Polish/Irish Festival, and held coffee mornings all aimed at creating a community who will provide advice and support.
What was the impact or outcome of your project?
The evidence of our hard work is seen in the 80 plus groups who now make use of the stadium. The rising footfall numbers also proves that our work is not going unheard or un-noticed. Structural improvements are now being made, with new windows, new doors, re-vamping of the old bar into a multi purpose training room and this is only the beginning of the plans to update this stadium.
Do you have any tips or advice for similar projects?
Our advice as a group would be: never give up and think outside of the box. If large fundraisers are not working for your group stick to what does work, bag packs, raffles, coffee mornings, book sales, sponsored walks or runs. Take it slowly break down your main goal into many smaller goals and with each small step you are closer to achieving the main goal.
Which Sustainable Development Goals does your work link to?
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Location of Project
Navan, County Meath.