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Monday, 18th September 2023

Ace Athletics Club purchase land for new training grounds near Drogheda

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Ace AC’s Sophie Gartland signing the scholarship she was awarded by Felician University in New Jersey, USA.

Drogheda’s newest Athletics Club, Ace AC, which was established just five years ago by a group of enthusiastic coaches and parents to cater for athletes from seven years old and up, has bought a site near Sandpit where it intends to develop a new training facility.  

An Ace AC spokesperson told Drogheda Life that the club began its journey with a clear mission to provide a fun yet nurturing environment for athletes to hone their skills and achieve their athletic dreams. In a mere five years since their formation, they have emerged as the premier youth athletic club in Louth and one of the most successful in Ireland.  

Founded with a vision to nurture young talent and promote a culture of fun and inclusiveness for all, Ace AC has rapidly risen to prominence, transforming the local athletic landscape through their dedication, passion, and commitment to developing the next generation of sporting stars.

From the outset, the club focused on building a culture of inclusiveness and fun but also of success, hard work, and discipline. The club combines rigorous training programmes with many fun team events for all ages and abilities.

Ace AC recognized the significance of modern facilities and infrastructure in developing athletes and have subsequently invested in their own green field 11 acre site at Galroostown near Sandpit Co Louth. Over the coming months and years, the Club will begin developing this land and hope it will support the continued development of Athletics in Louth for many years to come. 

It was of course a substantial investment but it will provide local athletes and local schools and other sports clubs with the best resources to bolster their training experiences, enabling them to reach new heights of performance.

Ace AC's meteoric rise can be attributed to the outstanding performances of its athletes in regional, national, and international competitions. Their young athletes have consistently dominated the local youth athletic circuit, securing numerous county medals and breaking many records along the way. These successes have earned them attention and recognition, establishing Ace AC as a force to be reckoned with in both Louth and Irish Athletics.

Young Ace AC athletes Sophie Black and Smuirti Prasad.

Ace AC have won numerous National medals in both Cross Country and on the track through Eimear Cooney, Caer Gibne, Sholah Lawrence, Chloe Cooney, Shruiti Prasad, Sophie Gartland, Neil Culhanne, Shea O’Donnell & Lorcan Forde Dunne. 

As recently as last month 18 year old Neil Culhanne represented Ireland at the European U20 Championships in Jerusalem.  Along with Culhanne, International recognition has also come the way of Eimear Cooney, Sholah Lawrence, Sophie Gartland and Shea O’Donnell with Gartland recently securing a scholarship in Felician University in New Jersey USA.

Ace AC stands as a shining example of what can be accomplished with vision, determination, and commitment.

Ace AC are actively looking for new members of all ages. If you are interested in athletics of any kind, regardless of your ability, feel free to go along and try a training session or two and see if you like it. Training Details are; 

  • Monday Circuits 7-8pm St Oliver’s CC Drogheda. (13 years and up)
  • Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm St Oliver’s CC Drogheda (all ages welcome)
  • Thursdays 6-7pm Lourdes stadium (all ages welcome)
  • Saturdays 10am-12 Oldbridge (all ages welcome)
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