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Our Waterford FC Community Boot Room was officially opened last Friday ahead of our SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division clash against Galway United FC at the RSC.

Pictured above from L to R is Derek O’Neill (FAI Community Development Manager), Colin Power (Waterford FC Head of Community) & Paddy Byrne (Suir Engineering Project Director).

In partnership with Suir Engineering, the Community Boot Room was launched last month with the official opening taking place last Friday where Community Development Manager of the FAI Derek O’Neill was in attendance to officially open our latest community initiative.

Waterford FC in the Community are very aware through the work they do that there are times, for various reasons, that families may not be able to purchase a new pair of boots. There are times when boots that are too small, too big, or damaged need to be worn.

As boots can be one of the more expensive items for sport, we have launched this to try and assist families when they need it. It will be based permanently in the RSC, our home ground. One thing we do ask is any donations are clean, and of good quality.

FAI Community Development Manager Derek O’Neill was delighted to see the Community Boot Room first-hand, commenting:

“The Waterford FC Bootroom initiative facilitates the opportunity for every child or young person to participate in football by providing football boots and sports clothing for families whose budgets may unfortunately be overstretched due to the sharp cost of living increases in recent times and removes the barrier associated with equipment and kit required to play.

It’s a wonderful initiative which families can avail of and is just one of many social programmes which Waterford FC  delivers which demonstrate the club’s genuine commitment to helping their community.”

Head of Community at Waterford FC Colin Power also spoke of his gratitude to those who helped make this initiative come alive:

“This is another example of what can be achieved when people and businesses in the community come together for a common goal. I want to sincerely thank Morris’ DIY for supplying the materials, Chris Frisby  Construction for doing a brilliant job fitting out the interior, Alfie Hale Sports for a very generous donation of new sports gear, WFC Academy for organizing a collection among their players and all the individuals who have dropped in new and used boots.”

Images of the interior of the Community Boot Room can be viewed below.

If for whatever reason you need to avail of our Community Boot Room, contact or, or ring Colin on 087-2822822.

(Photo Credit – Noel Browne)