About Us

Situated in Ballinroad, Co.Waterford, Ballinroad FC, founded in 1971, is a member of both the Waterford Junior League and Waterford Schoolboys League.​

Club facilities consist of a full-size grass pitch, a half-size Astro Pitch which can be split into two quarter size pitches, a club house with dressing rooms and toilet facilities and ample adjoining parking space.

As of the 2021/2022 season, BallinroadFC is represented at all under-age groups from U7 to U16 consisting of 4 Grassroots Academies at U6/U7, U8/U9 and U10 age groups, together with 10 Schoolboys League teams ranging from U11 to U16.

Currently, the club is also represented in the Waterford Azzuri Junior League by 3 teams at Youths, Azzuri 1B, and Azzuri Premier levels.

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Child Safeguarding

1. Introduction

Ballinroad FC Child Safeguarding

Muriel Tobin – Children’s officer
Phone: 087 6424262
Email: ballinroadsoccer@gmail.com

Ballinroad FC is committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in soccer. The welfare and protection of children and young people in our sport is paramount. Our safeguarding policies have been developed as required by national legislation, policy and guidelines as outlined in Children First and Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport by Sport Ireland. Our Objective is we want sport to be safe, fun and conducted in the spirit of fair play.

2. Child Safeguarding Statement

Ballinroad FC offers sporting activities to children and young people from the age of 4-18. Ballinroad FC is committed to safeguarding children by working under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies and procedures. Our volunteers working with our children and young people seek to create a safe and fun environment for children and young people to participate in their sport.

Principles to Safeguard Children from Harm

This statement recognizes that in accordance with legislation and the requirements of the FAI Rulebook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy and other FAI policies and procedures that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. Ballinroad FC is established on the following core principles:

- The needs of the child
- Integrity and Respect
- Environment
- Equality
- Fair play
- Welfare and Safety

These underlying principles underpin our rules, policies and procedures to ensure that when children participating in our activities, they do so, as far as is practicable, in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Ballinroad FC Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla's Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice).

In addition there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our activities. Ballinroad FC has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies:

- Procedures for the safe recruitment of volunteers
- Code of Conduct for Coaches, Parents and Players
- Anti- Bullying Policy
- Complaints, Disciplinary, Appeals Policy and procedure for reporting of child welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities

All procedures and policies listed are available to view or download here

For further information on this Child Safeguarding Statement please contact:

Muriel Tobin, Children's Officer for Ballinroad FC
Email : ballinroadsoccer@gmail.com

Ballinroad FC is committed to best endeavours to implement this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child welfare safeguarding policies and procedures. The intention is to keep children safe from harm while participating in our activities. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on an annual basis or as determined by legislation. This statement has been published on the Ballinroad FC website and displayed in a prominent place on the premises.

It has been provided to all volunteers and any other persons involved with the service. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and members of the public if requested.

Child Safeguarding Documents

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Club History

Ballinroad AFC was formed on the 22nd of May 1971. There was always huge interest in soccer in Ballinroad, when, in the late fifties and sixties, all of us would spend endless hours in a field owned by Johnny Landers affectionately known as "Maura Kiely's" playing the beautiful game. We grew up in an era when the Fitzgeralds and Hales were household names in Waterford soccer and on Saturdays we had names like Tom Finney, Stanley Matthews, John Charles, Charlie Hurley, etc. starring in the English League.

In 1966/67 some of us started playing competitive soccer for the first time with Abbeyside AFC Youths and this experience guided us through to the time when the "ban" was lifted by the GAA to allow players to play other games such as soccer, rugby as well as Gaelic football and hurling which we all played at different stages in our lives.

We joined the Waterford and District League after our formation and we are privileged to still be members of this prestigious football family after 50 years.

Raymond Cantwell (RIP) was the first chairman of the club and with Paddy Moore (RIP) as our manager, we went on a remarkable run of 14 games undefeated in our first season. Everyone in the area got behind the team and the club went from strength to strength.

Down through the years, we have had some wonderful characters, players, and committees involved in Ballinroad AFC and to name any individuals would be an injustice to all who have given so much to keep this club on the road.

People are involved in football because of their love of the game and our club has prospered because of the efforts of all involved in the work put in at schoolboy football over the years.

We are now playing Premier football in Ballinroad and to be playing at that level in our golden jubilee year is a testament to all past and present members of the club. When we started this club 50 years ago we aimed to bring the whole community together and I thank everyone who has made that dream come true.

Michael Fraher
President
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