Ciaran Donaghy and Principal Chris Lumb
Clongowes Wood College, in Clane will upgrade their pitches this month for completion early next year and once completed the facility will be available for use by the local community sporting groups and visiting teams from schools and clubs.
The project will involve the upgrading of the pitch with the very latest surface in synthetic turf technology.
The completed pitch will comply with World Rugby’s 2017 handbook for synthetic grass pitches. Work will begin on the project in late November and will be complete in January 2018.
The current artificial surface in Clongowes is used widely by students at the all-boys boarding school, as well as local sports groups. The pitch, known as the VMP, is named after the late Vinnie Murray from Clane, – former Assistant Headmaster and Senior Cup Winning Rugby coach at the College and who passed away in 1999.
A school statement said that PST Sport will be the contractor to resurface the pitches, adding that it constitutes a significant investment for the school, one which was made possible in part by the generosity of parents and friends of Clongowes.
The redevelopment of the VMP will come just weeks after the opening of the new 25m indoor swimming pool at the College.
“The VMP all-weather pitch is one of our key sporting facilities here at Clongowes and we were keen to ensure that its redevelopment would bring it to the highest standards," said the principal Chris Lumb.
Development Manager, Kieran Donaghy said they will bring cutting-edge techniques in artificial grass installation to Clongowes and to playing our part in the development of future sports stars at the school.