Waterford’s RSC which has won the Pitch of the Year in the League of Ireland for the second time in five years. Photo: Joe Evans.
After an excellent season on the field of play with the winning of the SSE Airtricity League First Division title and also the Mark Farren Under 17 Cup Final, it was also good news off the field last weekend after the FAI confirmed that the RSC has won the 2017 Pitch of the Year award.
It’s the second time that the home of Waterford FC has won the award as the venue was named the winner of the 2013 accolade. With brilliant work been put in week in week out by the RSC staff, this award is richly deserved after another superb season.
The Pitch of the Year award was created to highlight the hard work of the League of Ireland Clubs and Grounds staff whose dedication and endeavours has often gone unnoticed. It also provides due recognition which will encourage others to work towards improving the standards of their playing surfaces.
It comes as no real surprise that the RSC won the award again this year as the pitch has earned the reputation in recent years to being one of the best playing surfaces in the country and was reward with the hosting of the recent UEFA Under 19 Championships that saw the Republic of Ireland claim top spot in qualification.
There’s no doubting that the work carried out by Darren Sealy, Keith Fitzgerald and the rest of the team at the RSC over the last few years has been extraordinary to say the very least not only with the main playing surface but also the back pitches especially when you consider the amount of recent bad weather.
With the RSC set to undergo another facelift with the building of a state of the art facility and dressing rooms to cater those teams using the back pitches at the venue, the news that they have won the Pitch of the Year award again this year will come as a major boost.
Well done to Darren, Keith and all the lads that contributed this fantastic achievement and it’s great to see that Waterford football is doing so well on and off the field after been down in the doldrums in recent years. Long may it continue.