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Message from Underage Chairman   17/02/2016

This is a message from our Underage Chairman, Dave O Reilly.

Hi All

As the new season approaches i would like to let everyone know that next Sunday21st. February is registration day for the Juvenile football club. Registration will take place in the old School House from 10.30 until 1pm. Its imperative that every player registers, not only to avoid any insurance pitfalls but also to make sure we as a club cannot be punished for playing unregistered players.

Unfortunately the membership fee has been increased this year, the first increase in many years. At €40  its still the cheapest membership of any GAA club we could compare too, family membership at €100 which includes all kids and both parents is outstanding value. This also gives the parents a voice within the club as all members are entitled to vote on all key decisions. The more interaction between parents, coaches and administrators the better, new and fresh ideas are always welcome. Anybody who is willing to come on board in a coaching role or a background role can contact myself or any coach, we are actively recruiting new coaches and people to play a part on different fundraising schemes we have planned. Online registration can be found at http://www.maighcuillin.com/content/350325

Finance as usual will dictate a lot of the behind the scenes work. Our club lotto, which has been out major source of income for many years, has seen a dramatic fall off in recent times. Believe it or not entering teams in all grades is a costly exercise but very worthwhile as the more teams we have the more lads that can play and thus we continue our policy of inclusion and participation. Over the season various fundraisers will be held and we would urge everybody to support these as much as possible.

The lotto currently stands at €19,600, a sum that would put a dent in anybody's bills, and there will be a renewed focus on selling tickets and getting people to play online. There will be tickets on sale at the pitch through sellers and shortly through our new lotto booth. Tickets are currently on sale throughout the village in shops, pubs, chemists & the petrol station so we would urge everybody to get a ticket and try their luck on winning this massive amount.Both hurling and football clubs rely on the lotto and therefore every player in either code will see the benefits as more money funnels through. The lotto can also be played online at www.maighcuilinn.com.

Our under 12's resumed training last Sunday evening under manager John Clifford and his coaching team. New players are welcome always, just turn up at training and the coaches will take care of the details.

The under 13's have already played two competitive matches, winning one and narrowly losing one. Weather permitting they have a home game next Sunday at11am...all support would be greatly appreciated. This is a fine bunch of young players who have already shown in terrible conditions a huge hunger for the game, allied with their fine footballing skills and impressive workrate these lads have a bright future in the game.

As the pitches have been under siege from the weather lately the under 6, under 8 and under 10's will not resume action until Saturday morning April 2nd. This promises to be a busy and lively morning as new and returning youngsters arrive down to have some fun. The managers and coaches of these teams have been upskilling and planning the season ahead...fun and inclusion will be to the forefront with lots of skills to be learnt in a friendly welcoming environment.

 All our underage players are the future of the club so we aim to create an atmosphere that they all want to be part of.

Once again, if anyone is willing to come on board in any capacity you'll be made feel most welcome. Our club needs everyone to be involved..its your club, your community...play your part.





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