Redeemer FC’s Stephen Fisher believes that the Dundalk Soccer Project will help cement the club’s position as one of the strongest in the area.
After a long spell out of the game, the Cox’s Demesne club were reformed in 2002 and have gone from strength to strength since, establishing themselves as a major force in Summer League and the Dundalk Schoolboys League from their base at Noel Gorman Park.
“When Redeemer came back a lot of people didn’t even know that the club was back in existence”, explained Fisher.
“There were lots of problems with the Sunken Gardens due to vandalism and flooding so we had to play a lot of our games at Oriel Park.
“The best thing that happened to us was getting our ground and our dressing rooms set up. We’re the pride of the community now and Gorman Park is one of the finest pitches in the town at this moment in time. Gone are the days when you went to the Sunken Gardens to play a game and there was a burnt out car. The foundations are there. We’re here to stay.”
Fisher said that the project, which will help men and women between the age of 16-25 gain qualifications in coaching, will only yield positive results. The scheme will also strengthen links between the Cox’s and Muirhevnamor areas and both clubs have already shared information on a number of occasions.
“Muirhevnamor FC and Redeemer Celtic FC bring a lot of well being into their clubs and that is really important. There are plenty of pitfalls out there for kids, and with the times that are in it, with suicides in young people and so on, it is vital that you have to give the kids that wee bit extra.
“From next season on we will be giving our young players breakfast”, he added. “There are times when you go and collect a young lad to play and you know that he hasn’t had breakfast. That can’t be good. We are relaying that information back between both clubs and both are getting stronger because of it.
“Considering the way things are in the country at the minute, it’s a great course”, he sdded. “There is a lot of interest out there from both communities and it’s great to see a lot of young people getting involved. This will take both us and Muirhevnamor to the next level.”