A message from the Chairman re Longitude 2019

Dear Club Member,

On behalf of myself and the Club Executive I would like to express our sincere thanks for your support over the recent Longitude Weekend – this is a massive commitment for our club and we could not do it without your help.
This is our fifth year of being involved with the stewarding in Marlay Park and this year we received the best response yet from our members.
Ballinteer St Johns continues to grow and flourish as a club and we now have over 130 teams playing regularly across all ages and codes.
Income from club membership only allows us to deal with the day to day costs of running the club.
If we are to continue to grow and provide a platform for the development of our players to compete at all levels in all codes we need to plan for this now. We want to be able to support the development of all players encouraging them to develop their skills and nurture their friendships. Investment at this level comes at a significant cost and you may well be asking what has the stewarding got to do with this? Just what do we get for our efforts and how do we as a club benefit from this annual event?
These are legitimate questions and there are some members who may not be aware just how much we stand to gain from our involvement in the concerts. Below are just some of the ways we have seen a benefit:

  • Extension of the clubhouse to increase the number of dressing rooms and improve our facilities.
  • Significant contribution to the fund for the replacement of the surface on the All-weather Pitch in the next few years – this has a projected cost of approx. €300K.
  • Improvement of the playing pitches in Marlay Park – currently underway on pitch 2 with pitch 1 to follow. This has come about directly from the relationship we have developed with DLRCC on the back of the concerts. They have agreed to redevelop both of our main pitches and are providing the funding for this. The cost to us if we were to undertake this work ourselves would be in the region of €250k so this is one of the biggest incentives for our continued involvement in the concert stewarding.
  • Construction of a hurling wall. This is one that has been in our plans for several years and we are pursuing all possible options. It will incur a substantial cost and the revenue from the concerts will help defray some of this.

In addition to the above, involvement with the stewarding has also given BSJ the opportunity to provide a service to those attending the concerts as well as the local community. Many of the concert goers are from outside Ballinteer – and indeed from outside the county – and do not know the area at all so having local people involved who know and care about the community and are in a position to help get young people safely to and from the concerts with as little disruption as possible to the local community is very much appreciated.
The feedback we received from local residents, DLRCC, An Garda Siochána and the concert promoters has been unanimously positive and is a fantastic reflection on you, our members and we hope that you enjoyed your time stewarding and got the opportunity to engage with the concert goers, local residents, the Gardai and fellow BSJ members.
We would welcome any feedback you can give us that we might use in future years so that we can try to make this the most positive experience that we can for all concerned.
You can get in touch with us via bsjconcerts@gmail.com
Once again thank you and we look forward to your support again next year!!!

Darren Chambers
Chairman Ballinteer St Johns