We have applied for a Sports Capital Grant and are fundraising for a tartan track.

Please support our fundraising efforts on our gofundme page

Businesses, please contact our email to see how you can support our fundraising drive
Email westportacdevt@gmail.com

We are looking for support in raising funds to modernise the current 40 year old gravel track in our wonderful town of Westport, Co Mayo.

All donations, big or small, gratefully appreciated.

Patronage Option
We are selling a metre of track for €100 to each individual patron, who will be acknowledged on a patron plaque in the club along with other sponsorship from businesses in the Community.

The track at Horkan's Hill has seen so many of us come through its gates. It should be a resource for the whole Community to benefit from. We have plans underway to introduce a wheelchair accessible ramp so that all members of our Community can avail of this facility as either spectators at events and football games of Westport United or indeed for exercise on a tartan track.

A tartan track is a must for all competitive athletic clubs in 2023. We are currently running on a grit track and kids are falling and hurting themselves on a poor surface week in, week out. They are holding themselves back at the risk of injuring themselves.

We have extremely talented athletes representing their town, county, province and country. We would like for them to compete on a level playing field and give them resources needed to attain their goals. In Mayo, many towns already have tartan tracks such as Ballina, Swinford, Claremorris and Ballinrobe.

Whilst many of our sports and clubs have the best of facilities, all children can benefit from training on a tartan track. Running is the basis for most sports and all of Westport's children can benefit from this resource.

Westport AC is in dire need of upgrading the track in Horkan's Hill. The surface is a grit gravel track and less than ideal for children running on it. We currently have 330 Westport AC members and 600 students from the Sacred Heart School (who have no sports facilities since the modular classrooms went in on their pitch) training on the track each week. The site also belongs to Westport United soccer club and the Westport Squash Club.  All five local schools, Rice College, SHS, Scoil Phadraig, Gaelscoil na Cruaiche and Holy Trinity along with the two local tri clubs and Carrowbeg Enterprises, have signed up to use the facilities starting this month which will see over 1,600 use the facilities each week.

We are seeking Government funding for the tartan track but this will need to be supported with raised funds.

We appreciate that there are so many fundraising drives out there and everyone is inundated with demands on their finances. We do believe however that an investment of €100 will bring immeasurable benefits to the Community as a whole. After coming through a Pandemic, we can all appreciate the benefit of sport and exercise in promoting mental health and well-being for both young and old alike.

Please support this fundraising drive and share as far and wide as possible. All donations are most welcome.

Yours in sport,
The Westport AC development Committee