Game, set and match for County Limerick athletics club with tennis court revamp

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

The old tennis courts in Kimallock which are to be developed into an athletics track for juvenile athletes

The old tennis courts in Kimallock which are to be developed into an athletics track for juvenile athletes

PLANS are afoot to develop the old tennis courts in Kilmallock into an athletics track.

The old tennis courts, owned by HSE, are to be developed by Kilmallock AC into an athletics’ facility for the club’s juvenile athletes.

The club are developing a 200-metre grass track with a 60-metre sprint track in the middle of the facility along with long jump pits, a shot/javelin area and facilities for high jump.

The project is also set to include a tarmac area for circuit training and the hosting of boot camps and other events, as well as changing and toilet facilities.

Work is expected to begin shortly on the site which is located off Railway Road, with a provisional opening date of March next year. There is also to be an access route at the back of Millmount.

“As of yet we are receiving no funding and relying on volunteers from the club, the community and the help of other local agencies like the local CE scheme to develop  the site,” explained Donie Dwane, PRO, Kilmallock AC.

“This is the first time in the club’s 61-year history that we will have our own facilities. Our junior athletes have been training at the track in St Joseph’s for many years which we share with other clubs and groups.

“This site is central to the town, adjacent to the Famine Memorial Park and Millmount estate. We have a lot of work to do but we have a plan that will deliver a top-class facility to develop athletics in the area,” Donie added.

The club has enjoyed great success in juvenile athletics in the Limerick indoor championship “and having this facility will help us to train better and smarter and achieve even greater success,” said Donie.