Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

There’s no place like home for Dergview

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny,(back left) is pictured with Norfolklines business development manager Don Clarke and IFA director of coaching Roy Millar with five of the young Derry boys who are benefitting from using the County’s football Excellence Centre.

Dergview are back home at Darragh Park after having their ground passed for the Championship League.

All those involved with the club deserve maximum credit for the work they have put in to ensure that they now longer have to share facilities at Institute.

Like Limavady United who were in a similar position in having to share the Coleraine Showgrounds before embarking on their work to bring their ground up to the standard, Dergview have stepped up to the plate to make sure that they are not going to be left behind.

The cost of ground sharing plus having to pay three officials, was a severe drain on club finances.

It was costing Dergview £300 per week to use Drumahoe and officials realised that the quicker they got on with doing their work at the Tryone venue, the better for economic and social reasons.

A new stand containing 102 seasts plus covered accommodation for a further 150-200 people, toilet blocks plus two-metre perimeter fencing around the ground, adjustments to the changing rooms, at a total cost of around £100,000, has given the club and all associated with it a tremendous boost.

The weather stopped Dergiview’s first home-coming game last week and that will now happen on November 22 when Loughgall are the visitors.

“Three or four people on the committee were the driving force behind this,” said club chairman Derek Hussey.

“We also had tremendous support from local shops and businesses and coming at a time of major economic pressures, makes it all the more laudable.

“Many people have worked their butts off, giving of their time and foregoing payments for their work, speaks volumes for the community spirit.

“Naturally, we are grateful to Institute for helping us but there is no substitute for your own place where locals players can have the opportunity of playing in front of families and friends, added Derek. “It also demonstrates our determinationto give players the chance to play at the highest level possible.”

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