Big plans afoot at Clonard Youth Clubs
Both Clonard Junior and Senior Youth Clubs have recommenced for another expected busy year, there are big plans afoot for the clubs to combine to revitalise one of the biggest activities the club was renowned for in times past.
2010-11 is shaping up to be one of the most successful season with a major surge in membership in both sections. The senior section is witnessing membership numbers not seen for a long time and the youth leaders in conjunction with the young people are planning a variety of activities with something for everyone.
Susan O'Connor is Chairperson for both sections of the youth club; all of the leaders combine to operate both sections. "At present we are working to sort out the sporting events to see what is available and what the members are interested in."
"All members have their choice of what they want to do. I expect that we will have table tennis again which is held in the CBS, indoor soccer will again be available as well as arts and crafts and board games," Susan explains.
Richard Busher is the senior leader when it comes to sports especially soccer. "Our under fifteen team last year progressed through the various stages of the FDYS All Ireland Indoor Five a Side Soccer Championships eventually becoming All Ireland champions in Galway."
All of the leaders, approximately twenty nine are on duty every Thursday night from 7 to 10 p.m., ensuring the young people have a very productive and happy time taking part in activities in a safe and friendly atmosphere.
The Clonard Junior Youth Club took overall and best dressed prizes in the Wexford Saint Patrick's Day Parade last March 17th something they are very proud of. "Our major aim this year is to attempt to re-form the Clonard Majorette Troupe which was so successful during the eighties and into the nineties as part of the combined Clonard Youth Clubs."
"With a current membership of approximately eighty eight juniors and sixty five senior members the talent is definitely there to re-form the baton twirlers and percussion musicians," Susan concludes.
As testament to the efforts of the leaders in Clonard, several senior members from last year have remained on as leaders themselves this season. Shauna Murphy and Katie Walsh are two such leaders. "We joined the youth club ourselves aged five years and have looked forward to club nights every week down the years."
Both of the youth leaders hope to follow a working career as social and youth workers and with such dedicated leaders, current and new, Clonard junior and Senior Youth Clubs are in safe hands with an excellent future ahead.