Established in 1972, Carrigaline United AFC is a leading community sports organisation that aims to build better lives through sport. Using the power of sport to deliver a variety of inspiring education, health, disability and football programmes in our community, they also champion the removal of barriers to sports participation within the community through social inclusion to harness the provision of infrastructure & opportunities to progress and develop sporting skills and expertise to players of all abilities.
Adam recently spoke to Club Chairperson Willie Walsh about the strong engagement of Carrigaline United with Volunteerism in County Cork. With an impressive 250 – 280 volunteers supporting the club’s 48 teams, there is no shortage of ways for people to get involved. Volunteers take on duties in team management, coaching, training young boys and girls in the Academy, maintenance of the club, as well as admin duties under the guidance of Willie Walsh and the club development officer Alan Sheehan. “The club is no different than a house” Willie explains as he discusses the importance of keeping the place well maintained and tidy both internally and externally on the pitches.
Willie also strongly believes in empowering the parents, and shares that the club couldn’t survive without their engagement. He is managing social capital, and providing activities to keep the children engaged in their communities, but volunteering as Willie says, is a deep rooted part of culture in Ireland. “Volunteering is a fulfilling life. Once you find your purpose, then you will find your happiness”.
The club is a local meeting point for supporters and players alike on the southside of the city and the club’s state of the art facilities are at the heart of the community where they cater for 1,000 club members a week.
If you want to get involved with Carrigaline United, or your own local sports club, please do get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find more information and search for opportunities on our website volunteercork.ie.