SPORTING BJD FC: An Insight

Formation

Founded in 2018 Sporting Ballyjamesduff play their home games in Cavan Astro Park and their senior team compete in the Monaghan/Cavan League.

The formation of the club wished to incorporate an environment which meant that everyone in the club would be valued, welcomed, respected and encouraged.

The people involved at the foundation of our club, had many years of experience in both playing and managing other clubs, and this gave us a wonderful and strong foundation to build on.

First team

The first team is managed by Scott Thunder and he is assisted by Lee Halpin. Halpin is a product of the Cavan/Monaghan emerging talent programme representing the CMUL at the Foyle Cup.

In their first-year success was widespread winning the Sean Woods Cup, the Eugene Connolly Shield, and finishing up as runners up in the MCL First Division.

A first team is only as strong as its reserve team and they provide great competition for places. The second side is managed by Joe McDermott, Ryan Hughes and Paddy Mmutlana.

Volunteers

The club is blessed to have some great volunteers who invest a lot of time in the organisation of the club. Members such as Martin Shannon, Paul Halpin, Junior Mabhuto, Shakes Ngotle, Lincon Tabane, Lee Halpin, Con Cullen, Francis O Connor and Troy Reilly bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm which helps develop the club positively.

Representation

Not only does the club represent the Town of Ballyjamesduff, we have players from all parts of Cavan playing with us, and even players from Meath, Westmeath and Longford.

The club continues to evolve, and this season has seen the introduction of a second team meaning that the club now has a team in both the MCL Premier and First Divisions.

In the future Sporting BJD are hoping to organise a women’s senior team together as well.

Future

On and off the field the club continues to progress. The main aspiration is to soon have their own playing field in their town of Ballyjamesduff.

The club has come a long way in a short space of time. There are many driven and ambitious people involved and the appetite for new players, volunteers and coaches is unquenchable. If you would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact the page and we can put you in touch with the right people.

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