Each year everyone I know begins the year with a resolution. As Claremont is a sports and educational stadium, we often hear statements like; “This year I will run a marathon! This year I will drop four stone in weight! This year I will learn to speak fluent Italian! This year I will complete a novel!”
The trouble is, everyone, myself included discover that, these monumental goals get lost in the everyday list of must dos and have to’s.
So this year I won’t set myself a huge goal but rather will break it down into a smaller chunk. For example “Today I will set aside ten minutes to write in my diary. Today I will walk for twenty minutes! This summer I will fill three window boxes with bee friendly plants!” My aim is actually to get somewhere, not just sit and think about it in a wistful manner. And if I forget today, there is always tomorrow.
Do you achieve your resolutions and if the answer is yes, please let us know how you manage to do so.
The Frosty Fest event was a loud, noisy and fun filled afternoon. The only person the children were interested in was Kelly who gave instructions for the activities. All went well until a rumour started that “Santa was in the building!.”
When Santa arrived carrying a very heavy looking sack and flanked by two elves who were as excited as the children, the noise was excessive, the singing jubilant if off key but all in all it was an occasion not to be missed or forgotten.
On Saturday Morning we have a group called Little paws, (on FB) who meet and learn how to train their dogs, for agility and how to do neat tricks. This is a great club for children and their four legged friends.
So as you can see there is a good mix of sports and clubs here at the stadium.
Our Christmas event for children has been named as “Frosty Fest”.
We know from past experience this will be anything but “Frosty”. The afternoon will feature crafts and games suitable for boys and girls of 4 to 12 years of age. And there will be a special guest appearance from Santa and his elves. Santa will be with the group from 3 – 4pm to supervise the crafts and lend a helping hand.
It will also be a chance for parents to get a photo of their children with Santa. For the €5 charge your child will receive 2 hours of fun and games, Santa will be there with his elves to help with the crafts and games. The games and crafts will be based on current children’s favourite authors. Each child will leave with a letter from Santa along with a treat.
To Book a place for your child, please call us on 046 9029693
The end of October signals not only bonfires and fireworks but the arrival of the run up to Christmas.
In the Claremont office much attention is always taken up with ideas for fundraising. This year, our Christmas event is a Craft and Fun afternoon (23rd November) with a visitor from the North Pole who promises he is simply dropping in for cookies and tea and not to check on his naughty or nice list. The afternoon will have a very organized creative leader, Kelly from Button Books Kells, who will stir in just enough fun to make certain everyone enjoys their craft filled session.
More information on this event will be posted on Facebook , later in the month.
October has arrived and brought with it new courses, and events here at Claremont.
Art classes are always popular and tend to become a social event, with Tutor Carol O’Connor steering them back to art. Art Classes take place on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Fitness for over 50’s will start on the 15th October at 10.30 in the morning. This course is aimed at those who take no exercise at all. It will be a gentle start to get everyone up and moving, along with some cognitive exercises to keep everyone’s memory as sharp as possible. The course is supported by Athletics Ireland who provided training for the leaders/coaches.
Parkvilla FC are fundraising to improve the junior pitches and we are supporting them by providing a team to take part in the Lip Sync Event on the 14th October. We are also holding a Coffee Morning on Friday 4th October to raise awareness and funds for the Club.
Claremont Stadium is currently working on a biodiversity project, at the Stadium where we have some patches of waste ground. We would love to brighten the area by planting pollinator plants, wild flowers and providing the odd hotel for any passing bugs. This is one of our projects for the next few months, along with holding information events on topics such as upcycling, recycling and how we each can play our part in this fight against climate change.
We are all aware that foster parents improve the lives of children. However, there is a shortage of foster parents and TUSLA (The Child and Family Agency) are holding an information evening on the 10th October in Claremont Stadium at 7pm.
For more information on any of these courses or events please contact us on 046 9029693
Life expectancy is increasing year in year out, this is a simple fact. So, with this in mind, it is important we look to having a “Healthy Old Age”. And this term covers not only an increase in the number of years we live but the key is to avoid or prevent enduring chronic disease in our old age.
Last year, Claremont Stadium was the venue for the Athletics Ireland Memtrain Erasmus + programme which aimed to improve cognitive skills in mature adults by combining physical exercise + brain training. We were not the only group testing this project. It was used across other European countries.
The result was the development of the FIT4FIFTY+ . The idea is to get people of 55 years and older who are currently living a sedentary lifestyle to become more active, starting with a walk to jog program. Their goal being to be able to walk or jog for 2.5k or 5k.
If you are interested in taking part in this program please contact us at 046 9029693 and we will get back to you.
Fit4Fifty+ will start on October 15th here at Claremont Stadium at 10.30am The cost of the program is €40 for six weeks.
How do we put the sense of community back into our communities? This is the hundred million euro question and many long hours have been spent working on this problem.
But what do we mean by sense of community?
I am told that many years ago it was Aristotle who first wrote a definition on the word “community” as a group established by men having shared values. But in today’s world the word “community” has very different meanings as technology has created a virtual online community where no hand shaking or temper tantrums( just an example) are witnessed, purely the good side as seen in all of the selfies and the world of “friends” who don’t meet.
Before Technology began to interfere in our lives, we physically had to get up and walk to a phone, a door, or a neighbour’s house to get help or advice of simply offer help. Today most of this goes on from a sofa or desk. It does sound bad.
But there is always a resistance and in today’s world of social media and social media interaction there lingers some who prefer to meet and greet in person. Here in Claremont we have a Mens Shed group who meet every Friday afternoon. They do not come in and sit down, have a gossip, a cup of tea and melt away to their respective homes. They come together with a purpose to help anyone in their locality, in other words -their community. Book clubs, knitting clubs, sports clubs, often provide a similar type of support to anyone in their environment who need help or assistance and most importantly to exist they need physical members who come together to learn etc .
So in conclusion perhaps, Community is here, but not always apparently so, something like an underground resistance group.
Your opinions are welcome as this author always needs enlightenment,
Many of us fail to understand the importance of the few cents we throw in donation tins on retail counters throughout the country. But Claremont Stadium is living proof that every cent and every kind word counts.
In a world dominated by a drive to “have”, we witness many who are driven by a need to “give”. We see evidence of their kindness when we hold charity events or fundraising events, they are the first ones who laughingly ask, “what do you want me to do?”
We appreciate their generosity of time and their good humour. Without both, our lights would never continue to shine and to them we say Thank you.
As a community sports stadium office we are aware how important social media is in today’s world. More importantly we realize that time is short and often clicking a button to book a venue is a simple option. With that in mind, we have put our venue on line with a booking group called Book a pitch.com.
If you wish to book a room, the track, sports hall or check on the availablitiy please click on this link
This allows you, the customer to see what is available, and us to keep track of who is coming in and what they will need. It is a simple but effective way of dealing with customers.