Tramore AFC’s new stand will be officially opened this sunday from 2-5pm.
It was always the dream of Tramore AFC chairman John Power to build a stand at Graun Park and after months of fundraising that saw the business community come together to support the seaside club, he finally got his wish when the construction was complete a couple of years ago.
Sunday will be a special day for John and the Tramore faithful as the club will officially open “The Peoples Stand” in what promises to be a real day of celebration for the Seagulls with plenty of soccer, games, bouncy castles and food on offer.
The day will get underway at 2pm with the official ceremony to open the stand expected to take place at around 3pm, with the event set to finish at 5pm with much on offer for the young, old, past and present members of the club.
Speaking ahead of the big day, Paul Power said, “This is going to be a great day for the club and we’re inviting all connected with the club and our sponsors to join us. We decided to call the stand, “The Peoples Stand” as it was built by the people for the people of Tramore.
“We got great support and we wouldn’t have been able to build the stand without the amazing support. This will be a fantastic family day and we’re thankful to everyone that have contributed to ensure that we have such a facility in our club.”
A LIFETIME OF SERVICE
“I need to pay tribute to John Power our chairman and I know that this will be a very special day for him. John has given a lifetime of service to Tramore AFC, a remarkable 60 years and it was his vision that has made this football club flourish.
“No one individual has done more in bringing Tramore AFC to the forefront of local football than John and he has been a charismatic Chairman of Tramore AFC for over 50 years and has been a driving force behind the many excellent facilities at Tramore AFC.
“I think that winning the two FAI Youth Cup titles was a lifetime ambition for John as John always wanted Tramore to receive National recognition. I know that he is immensely proud of all Tramore AFC’s international players with 30 players capped for their country during his tenure
“He is a fantastic fundraiser and he oversaw the clubs move from the Old Graun to where we are today. I suppose the raffling of the three McDonald houses at the time was a great success and that was the brainchild of John Power.
“The club is in a healthy financial position because of John’s leadership and he continues to oversee further improvements at Graun Park. The new Stand has been built along with the installation of a new state of the art gymnasium are two great examples and because of him, this club continues to grow from strength to strength.
“We were all very proud to see John honoured for his contribution to football at the recent AGM of the Waterford Junior League and this is testament to the high regard that he is held by all involved in football in out county.”