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mike wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 11:57 am If this is correct where would Dlk Cricket Club be playing, on the oriel pitch or the grass surface owned by DGS ?

Also are these changing rooms going to be for both teams in LOI matches or is this a re-vamp, as I thought the changing rooms were of a good standard already there? (YDC)
I'd imagine they'd continue to play on their original pitch. I don't know much else but it could be a joint effort to secure funding.
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mike wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 11:57 am If this is correct where would Dlk Cricket Club be playing, on the oriel pitch or the grass surface owned by DGS ?

Also are these changing rooms going to be for both teams in LOI matches or is this a re-vamp, as I thought the changing rooms were of a good standard already there? (YDC)
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There was an artifical grass strip laid in the middle of Hiney Park (listed as their address) I assume it's still there.

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This isn't as straightforward. The officials and teams are supposed to walk out together. If you create an away dressing room you also have to create 2 x 3 person changing rooms for the officials. Then there is the issue of protection for the players and offficials entering and leaving the pitch. You would never get permission unless you built a new tunnel. Additionally, the visiting team bus and/or kit van need to arrive before the barriers behind the Carrick goals are erected and bolted together..

The YDC was designed as a sport centre with the pitches as a priority, and not as the changing rooms for a football club. It has been adapted to suit the football club's needs, but there is a limit. It's the old story of the tourist asking the Kerryman for directions. "To be honest with you sir, if I was going there I wouldn't be starting from here."

As regards the Cricket Club, there are a number of changing rooms in the YDC. Plenty to provide something for the cricketers without using the home dressing room which has been finished to a fairly high standard.

Disclaimer: I have no knowledge whatsoever of the work being carried out, so I could be totally wrong about away team/officials dressing rooms.
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Towelie wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 2:58 pm Heard that new changing rooms/toilet facilities planned for the YDC to be shared with Dundalk Cricket Club
All positive stuff if true. Why not share facilities with other sports? Makes applying for grants much easier too. Could be an option for the cricket club to train in YDC in winter months too if appropriate netting was installed.
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Thanks OF, good to get info on this, appreciate taking the time to respond.
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Lads what difference does it make what the cricket lads are doing, most important thing is that they are paying rent or the club are gaining in some other way from the deal. The YDC is there and it is nice to see people finally trying to make money from it. If managed correctly, it could become a good earner for the club.
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Pepsi wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:25 pm Lads what difference does it make what the cricket lads are doing, most important thing is that they are paying rent or the club are gaining in some other way from the deal. The YDC is there and it is nice to see people finally trying to make money from it. If managed correctly, it could become a good earner for the club.
I assumed that would be the case from original post. A regular income stream from a partner/tenant would be fantastic.

I've said it before on here the YDC is an untapped goldmine and could easily fund the wages of two or three good LOI players if run properly. Great to see Ainscough take such an interest in it after being neglected so badly by last three sets of owners
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Pepsi wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:25 pm Lads what difference does it make what the cricket lads are doing, most important thing is that they are paying rent or the club are gaining in some other way from the deal. The YDC is there and it is nice to see people finally trying to make money from it. If managed correctly, it could become a good earner for the club.
YDS should also be almost no 1 spot for elections / voting / counting, has car park, should be big enough inside to accommodate, and I think they have the fire regulation now sorted.

Get the bar re-open upstairs in it, make a fortune on match nights, shed side.
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mike wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 6:38 pm
Pepsi wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:25 pm Lads what difference does it make what the cricket lads are doing, most important thing is that they are paying rent or the club are gaining in some other way from the deal. The YDC is there and it is nice to see people finally trying to make money from it. If managed correctly, it could become a good earner for the club.
YDS should also be almost no 1 spot for elections / voting / counting, has car park, should be big enough inside to accommodate, and I think they have the fire regulation now sorted.

Get the bar re-open upstairs in it, make a fortune on match nights, shed side.

If I remember correctly the bar was sold to q pub in town so although a great idea they would have to do it up again.

Not enough is done in relation to the YDC. The pitches could be rented out to community teams like DKIT sport. It could hold events like the badminton championships it held before. Seems to be a lot of possibilities. Shame really
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Seems to be a fair bit happening, and things could move fairly quickly if funding application grant is successful. Can't think why it won't every club on the Island seems to be getting grants these day, why not DFC.

Great to see this news.
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https://x.com/DundalkFC/status/1803150465300918443

Maybe there is an expert here ....
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"Assessment of applications, for funding of between €600,000 and €30m, will take into account population size, sustainability, reducing administrative overheads and ensuring that similar access is provided to accommodate access by men and women to LSSIF-funded facilities"

Hopefully we're successful, long way to go yet as the application hasn't even been submitted yet, but good to see updates and that there is a clear plan.
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according to this weeks Pressbox, doesnt appear we got out LSSIF application in ffs how is that allowed?
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cooney wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 8:05 am according to this weeks Pressbox, doesnt appear we got out LSSIF application in ffs how is that allowed?
How much time did the volunteers have to get everything together and how many of they would be specialists in the fields required? Instead of slating them ..... we should be greatful that they tried and anyone who feels they can add to the group, they should be getting in touch to ensure everything is in place for the next round.
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