From late February / early March when the Covid 19 pandemic hit our lives, Claremont Stadium Staff were on alert as to how this would impact our community.
As many of those who visit the stadium know we are a community based stadium whose mission is to offer courses, and sporting opportunities to people of all abilities and walks of life. So we had no option but to close our doors to protect everyone. Since then we have been working remotely.
On our social media pages we have been focusing on keeping people informed about online courses, home schooling. Also putting up links about Wellness, Meditation ,and of course physical fitness challenges and programs.
What we have learnt during this period, or been reminded of, is that Irish people are resilient and our sense of humor comes alive in times like this.
We would like to thank all of those who volunteer within our neighborhoods, these are not people who put up posts about running to the shops/chemist for a neighbor, baking cakes , making baskets of fruit and leaving them on doorsteps. Ringing a doorbell and walking or running back to the gate to stay and talk to the lone householder, simply to check on them and pass some time talking. These small things make a difference and we would like to say thank you to all who are doing this.
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.
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.
As you can see the children who took part in the sports program earlier in the year had fun. What you don’t see is how early they all appeared every Saturday to take part in the sports. The only complaint was made by a parent who said they were being woken early on Saturday mornings to make sure everyone arrived on time.
Connect Through Sports ran from Saturday 9th March until Saturday 20th April. The purpose of the program was to encourage children (8yrs-12yrs) to take part in sports. Each Saturday morning they arrived with their parents to get a taste of a sport. The sports we featured were: Karma Yoga, Kenpo Karate, Athletics, Badminton, Hockey, Girl Guides/Boy Scouts (though not a sports, are an activity based club), Soccer, Gymnastics, and Dance.
As you can see from the photographs, they had fun, made new friends and some found a sport to explore further.
We would like to thank all of the coaches who gave up their Saturday mornings to share their knowledge with the group of just under 50 children.