It was a proud day for Athy last Friday evening when Athy Town FC played host to Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney in the official opening of the Topaz astropark indoor facility.
The 800 metre sq indoor pitch, which is located at Aldridge Park in Athy, will facilitate Athy Town AFC teams of all grades. The opening was attended by players and supporters of all ages.
Project Manager Sean Bolger of Athy Town AFC said it was a massive accomplishment for the club.
“Given the present climate it’s a massive accomplishment for the club. It’s an investment of E200,000, a huge scale that we took on and now we’ve finished. It could only have been achieved by the hardworking committee of Athy Town AFC and by the generosity of the business community and the people of Athy.”
Topaz, which has two sites in the town employing 44 people, has agreed a substantial sponsorship deal with the Club and as a result has secured the naming rights for the new pitch for the next five years.
Topaz Area Manager Alan Gilroy said that as a fully Irish owned and managed company Topaz was delighted to support local initiatives such as this new indoor pitch.
“Everyone at Topaz wishes continued success to Athy Town AFC on the pitch and in the future running of this facility.
“All club members involved in this project deserve great credit and we hope everyone who plays here – from junior to senior teams – gets great enjoyment out of it.
“Who knows, maybe the young players who hone their skills on this pitch will one day represent their country in major tournaments,” Mr Gilroy added.