From musical societies to drama clubs, volunteer groups to sports teams, and more, WLR and Haleon are 'Clubbing In' to give your Waterford club or community group the recognition it deserves!
Community is the heart of Haleon Dungarvan, and they want YOU to nominate your local club or community group for the chance to win €2,500, with the two runners-up receiving €250 each.
The nominations were reviewed by an independent panel, and now we have three finalists! This week we will feature them across WLR’s socials and interview them on Déise Today with Damien Tiernan. It’s up to a public vote to decide who will be crowned Clubbing In champions and win the €2,500 prize fund. This will help the winning club or community group, to keep the doors open and buy the equipment they need. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, September 9th. Each runner-up will receive €250, to keep up the amazing work they are doing for our communities.
Our Final 3 have been revealed
Finisk Valley Athletics Club
Finisk Valley Athletics Club was formed in 2014 and its located in the parish of Ballinameela in the heart of West Waterford, it has a large catchment area serving all the local communities. They have a team of dedicated volunteer coaches with a vast combined knowledge of training our athletes. They provide a huge variety of disciplines within our club ranging from long/triple jump, shot putt, sprints, hurdles, cross country, hammer, discus, javelin, and high jump. Children as young as five are welcomed in their little athletics programme which introduces them to athletics in a fun, engaging, and supportive/ non-competitive environment.
On the opposite end, They run a Fit 4 Life program earlier this year encouraging people back to athletics who may have stepped away for a while! Getting the €2,500 would help them to grow their infrastructure, by training more volunteers to support the increase in athletes and improve our training facilities to provide a safe fun space for both kids and adults to fulfill their dreams. Thank you for supporting the clubs, the coaches, the parents and most importantly supporting our kids to give athletics a go, whether it is for them to become Olympians or just to go for the craic!
Helping Hand Waterford
Helping Hand Waterford looks after the homeless and vulnerable in Waterford. They provide a hot meal, sandwiches, tea/coffee, etc. Helping hand also provides tents, sleeping bags, hot water bottles, and torches to people who are homeless. They have over 40 volunteers who do an amazing job. They also provide food hampers to families who are struggling. Helping Hand Waterford treats everyone who comes through our doors with dignity and respect. It is a lifeline for some of our service users. They go to homeless services with people who need extra support and advocate on their behalf. It's a tough time for a lot of people at the moment with the housing crisis and, getting this funding would greatly help them buy life-saving equipment for the coming winter.
Ballysaggart Ladies Football Club
Ballysaggart Ladies Football Club is the smallest GAA/LGFA club in Waterford. Teams starting from U8 to Adult level. Even though they are a tiny club in the heart of West Waterford, they have huge pride in our jersey and community. Ballysaggart has a small committee and is trying to fundraise for new jerseys at the moment. €2,500 would go a huge way in our club. It’s so important that they have the backing from our county and community to encourage young girls to continue playing sports and get the recognition that they deserve. Sinéad Walsh, the club secretary, and a minor ladies football trainer/manager says 'Having a small club/community, unfortunately, we don’t have the amenities that bigger clubs have nor the number of club members so, to keep the club going, the current committee and club members pull together and take on many roles to keep the girls playing and the club going.
Clubbing In Terms and Conditions
• Regular WLR terms and conditions apply. Find them here.
• Applicants must be a registered/official club/group with a practicing committee and end-of-year treasurers and secretary reports.
• Your club/community group must be based in Waterford city or county.
• Club contact must be over 18 years of age.
• Prize money can only be transferred to an official club/group bank account.
• Please submit one entry per club or community group. The first submitted entry we receive from a club or community group will be the one judged by the judging panel.
• All entrants will be judged by an independent panel with 3 finalists chosen.
• 3 finalists will feature on Déise Today and WLRFM.com where members of the public will vote to decide the overall winner.
• Nominations will close at noon on Friday, August 26th.
• Closing date for the public vote is Thursday, September 8th at noon.
• The overall winner will be announced on Friday, September 9th.