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  • Monday May 28th, 2018 @ 12:38

St Pat's Community Update - April/May 2018

Community Update - with St Patrick's Athletic Community Officer, David Morrissey

Since starting work at the club last month, I have been actively representing St Patrick's Athletic in the community. St Pat's decision to appoint a Community Officer has been widely welcomed by the individuals and organisations that I have met and I have begun to build positive relations with schools, youth clubs and other community groups.

There is great enthusiasm for St Pat's particularly amongst young boys and girls in the area and we have been greeted with great excitement in all schools that we have visited. The players that have gone into schools with myself have been great and this goes along way to winning hearts and minds. Already we have had success in turning these school visits into getting first time families through the turnstiles at Richmond Park on a Friday night.

I am keen to develop our schools programme and the club will see the benefit of this as we move towards the new school year in September.

On match nights, our half time games remain popular as ever. Underage teams love to play on the famous pitch at Richmond Park but space is limited. We are trying to involve as many kids from visiting clubs as possible in the match night experience and this is something that we are continuing to work on. A special mention for Aaron and Jessica who do fantastic work in making sure visiting teams have a great night at Richmond Park. Last week we had Esker Celtic visit Richmond Park in huge numbers and it looked fantastic to see them in the Patron's Stand watching the drama unfold before their eyes towards the end of the first half.

We were also joined at Richmond Park by Tinseltown Stage School from Clondalkin who produced a fantastic routine. The crowd were even treated to a brilliant choreography of Oh When The Saints!

It was great to see the enjoyment on the faces of the girls and boys from Tinseltown and the thrill they got from performing in front of such a large crowd. Sometimes we can forget that Richmond Park is unique in our area, it needs to be considered as a stage, or a platform to showcase the variety of talent in our area, not just our proud football tradition. You will see more acts like last Friday's as the season progresses. The product on the pitch has been fantastic and now it is about making sure that families that come down to Richmond Park enjoy a great night of family entertainment.

I will be keeping you up to date with my role in The Saint throughout the season. I will be doing my utmost on behalf of the club in our communities because if the club does not contribute strongly to the community, the community won't contribute strongly to the club.

If you see me in the ground and have any comments (good or bad) please don't hesitate to approach me.

Alternatively, you can reach me at david.morrissey@stpatsfc.com

C'mon the Saints!


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