KINSALE AFC CLUBHOUSE PROJECT 2017/2018
Kinsale AFCs grounds at Madden Park Charlesfort are set in one of the most historic and scenic locations in Ireland. The planned new clubhouse will enhance these facilities and extend their potential use beyond just the soccer club creating a centre which can be used by other sporting, school and community organisations.
In order to protect the sensitive local environment the new clubhouse has been designed to blend into the landscape and yet maximise the incredible views from the clubroom. A thorough archaeological site assessment and the sensitive design ensured no objections. The service provided by the club to so many local young people has created broad community support for the project.
Current Dressing Rooms
The club currently uses an old prefabricated building as its dressing rooms. These have naturally deteriorated over the years leading to Health and Safety Issues of which we are very conscious.
There is no toilet or sink facility in the dressing rooms.
The entrance to Madden Park is from “The Terrace” which is the main access for tourists coming to Charlesfort making this a very busy road for both cars and buses. There is no off road parking along this narrow road and there are often cars parked on the verge on both sides making the road into a single lane traffic jam at match times. The risk to children running onto this busy road creates a huge safety concern for the club.
The proposed new off road carpark shown bottom left will remove this risk as well as removing the traffic problems currently created at match time.
The huge growth in the numbers in the club in recent years means that we have an urgent requirement to provide better and safer facilities. The number of underage teams has grown exponentially in recent years. Girls and Boys as young as 6 are catered for by the club. The underage section is now represented at 11 different age groups - U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12 U13, U14, U15, U16 and U17. In 2015 we had to have two boys teams in some age groups for the first time. In 2017 we entered our first ever U17 boys team in the Youth League. We now regularly have to facilitate male and female teams using the changing rooms at the same time which is extremely difficulty in our current building.
3D Render of new clubhouse plans
The flat roof and low profile ensure minimum impact on the landscape while the matt grey sloped walls and recessed doors reflect the battlements of Charlesfort.
The large expanse of glazing on the southwestern façade runs the full length of the 13 metre x 5 metre clubroom. An ideal room for use both by the club and by other community organisations.
The new Clubhouse will provide 4 individual dressing rooms which will provide privacy for male and female teams to use the pitches for games at the same time. The size of the dressing rooms is in accordance with FAI Clubrooms Guidelines.
The toilet facilities are designed to comply with the highest Building Regulation standards and there is a dedicated Disabled toilet.
Kinsale AFC were extremely fortunate to be able to negotiate a lease from Cork County Council in 2016 on the ground immediately adjacent to the south eastern end of Madden park. The plan for this additional land is to develop an access road, parking area, new clubhouse and a training pitch.
KINSALE AFC – OUR HISTORY
KAFC was founded in 1935. After toiling in many different pitches down through the years the club finally found its home in the picturesque setting of Charles Fort in Kinsale in 1985. We now proudly boast a fantastic new (second) pitch.
The club has invested heavily in the past 3 years in sanding, overseeding, weeding and feeding. The results of this are evident in two lush green pitches playable most weekends and the envy of other clubs in Cork and further afield. Apart from club the pitches are used by Kinsale Community School and local primary schools as wells as by Eli Lilly for interfirm matches. We recently hosted Larnaca FC when they were preparing for their Europa Cup game against Cork City FC.
We have a thriving underage section since 1998 currently catering for over 300 children. The underage section is supported by a voluntary coaching staff of over 30 coaches and the club supports all these coaches in achieving FAI coaching qualifications and child welfare courses. The underage section also organises a soccer summer camp which is staffed by FAI coaches and is recognised as one of the best in Cork. In addition the underage section organises family fun days to ensure that families and the wider community feel involved in the club. We pride ourselves on turning no child away and on giving every child the opportunity to participate in sport.
The club has enjoyed unprecedented success in the past ten years at Junior level and this team has gone on to become one the most successful teams in Cork AUL history.
In 2015 we negotiated the lease of additional lands at Madden Park
FUNDRAISING - WE NEED THE HELP OF ALL MEMBERS AND OF ALL IN KINSALE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE THIS FACILITY FOR THE 300 CURRENT PLAYERS AND ALL FUTURE PLAYERS