First in Kerry honour for the hoops

Hitting the mark: Podge O’Connor in action for Killarney Celtic.
Picture: Konrad Paprocki

DOUBLE champions Killarney Celtic FC have been awarded the prestigious Club Mark by the FAI, the first club in Kerry to achieve the honour.

It is awarded to clubs who can prove they comply with best practice in governance, management and administration and the work done by the club to achieve the entry level award helps them achieve their full potential as their policies and procedures are benchmarked against the highest standards.

Killarney Celtic’s management committee has been working hard over the last number of months to satisfy the stringent criteria put in place for clubs to achieve the Club Mark.

Chairman Paul Sherry

Chairman, Paul Sherry, said it is very satisfying for Celtic to become the first club in Kerry to be awarded the Club Mark.

“Killarney Celtic always strives to implement the highest standards on and off the field. While there were a lot of items to sign off on, we had a number of these in place already,” he said.

“Many members of the management committee and the wider club were involved in working with the FAI and that work has now being recognised,” Mr Sherry said.

He added that the club will now focus on obtaining will now start working towards the next accolade – the FAI One Star Award – which will be available in the third quarter of this year.

“The Club Mark demonstrates to all whose children play with Killarney Celtic that our governance is at the highest level,” the chairman said.

A special unveiling ceremony for the Club Mark at Celtic Park will be arranged in the coming weeks.

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