Watergrasshill United receives EMC Stewardship Award !

Watergrasshill United receives EMC Stewardship Award !

We are delighted to announce that Watergrasshill United has received a stewardship award from EMC as part of EMC’s Community Service Awards Program.

EMC Corporation has a tradition of giving back to the community and even in the current economic environment EMC Corporate Community Involvement is continuing to support a number of key community partnerships nominated by EMC employees.  Established in 2009, the Community Service Awards recognizes the time, energy, and monetary resources employees give back to their respective communities by providing financial awards to nonprofit organizations in which employees have a direct connection.

Emc in Ovens (near Ballincollig) has many ties with Watergrasshill United, some with former employees and some with our coaching staff and parents. EMC has over 2500 people working in Ovens as part of EMC’s 60000 worldwide workforce. Even some of our academy players joined the EMC Coder Dojo programming workshops.

Dave Doyle (U11 manager) was instrumental in securing this award, working behind the scenes for the last 12 months, submitting the paperwork and following up with the Community Involvement panel.

EMC awarded the stewardship award because of our work within the community and mostly of all for our “Sport for All - School Development Program” that we launched in 2012. In conjunction with the FAI, Cork City FC and Cork FAS/FAI Soccer Academy Watergrasshill United launched this pilot scheme, unique to Munster, initially within Watergrasshill National School.

The Objectives of our “Sport for All program are:

  • Create simple but powerful connections between soccer and vital life skills.
  • Construct a solid foundation for healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Engage children in sport through a positive and fun experience.
  • Help kids develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club.

We ran this pilot scheme weekly within the school and coaching sessions were assisted by the FAI, Cork City FC & Cork FAS/FAI Soccer Academy as well as personnel from Watergrasshill United who ensured some familiarity & commitment with the children involved, many of whom are members of the club.

The scheme was designed to deliver semesters of fun, skills and games for boys & girls of all levels of ability, in a non competitive environment and to encourage everyone to stay active & healthy. By focusing on participants needs & performances will encourage all to achieve & demonstrate enjoyment, equality and fair play in sport.

Watergrasshill United is running the “Sport for All - School Development Program” again this year in the local Watergrasshill National School. Prior to Christmas our coaching initiative was targeted towards 3 & 4th classes and from this week onwards, it is targeted towards 5th & 6th classes. Our “Sport for All” sessions are running each Friday from 1-3pm at the Watergrasshill National School with between 2-4 of our coaches in attendance

Watergrasshill United will invest the monies associated with theis EMC stewardship award towards our Skehanagh Park improvement program and our current community projects.

On behalf of the club, we would like to thank EMC for their recognition and Dave Doyle for his perseverance in securing this award.

Watergrasshill United

In the Community, for the Community

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