While the success of football clubs is often measured by results on the pitch, Finn Harps also have a particular focus on longer term development and structures that will sustain the Club into the future. Last week’s approval for the recommencement of the stadium project is another step forward for the Club as it aims to achieve the objectives of the Clubs longer term strategy, which has been developed in conjunction with and support of the FAI. Going forward, two of the Clubs key long term objectives are the development of modern facilities as well as the development of a sustainable underage structure.

The club’s underage structure has come on leaps and bounds in recent years. Great credit must go to our academy and schools coaching staff and volunteers. Club chairman Sean Quinn has said: “In recent years we have renewed our focus on improving our pathway system which has led to graduates from our Academy progress to the first team squad, our underage players frequently receiving International call ups & also moves to clubs across the water. These developments are reflective of the high performances levels of under 19, under 17s, and under 15s competing in their respective national leagues and with the advent of u13 league starting in 2019 there is a lot to look forward to. Delivering these key performance indicators on an annual basis is central to our long term strategic plan so we will strive to maintain and improve on the excellent coaching programmes we have implemented at the club.”

Quinn added that “The stadium announcement is now a key step forward in relation to our vision for a modern stadium and associated facilities. Again great credit is due to the Stadium Committee, as well as other local stakeholders, who have stuck to the task over a difficult economic period in the country. The recent announcement is a result of significant and ongoing work on the project by our Stadium Committee over a period of time. The FAI have been very supportive of the project and the CEO, John Delaney has been particularly supportive of our strategic approach in this regard. The guidance and support of the FAI has been crucial in developing the plan which the Department has approved. We will continue to work closely with the FAI and other stakeholders for the duration of the project as we look to progress it to fruition.”

Quinn concluded by declaring that the future is bright for Finn Harps and he would encourage all fans in the North West to continue to support and get involved with the Club.

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