Owners invest €300k in YDC
WHILE many supporters have bemoaned a lack of investment in Oriel Park over the winter months, Dundalk FC owners Peak 6 could not be accused of skimping on expense when it comes to helping the players prepare for the new season.
The squad returned to the Youth Development Centre on Saturday for the start of pre-season training where they were greeted with a revamped gym that now has various images of the club’s recent successes splashed on the walls.
This is the most eye-catching element of an investment that will run to over €300,000 to help transform the YDC into a player hub to help the side achieve results on the pitch.
Works include new dressing rooms for the players and staff and a kit room. Works are also ongoing on a new video analysis suite, medical room and dining area.
Head coach Vinny Perth praised the owners for their investment.
He said: ‘To be fair to Peak 6, they are in the club now close to a year. Externally there may not be a hell of a lot of change but internally there’s a vast amount of change.
‘The YDC is a state of the art building and it gives us a real platform. We’ve created an environment for the players to be able to achieve their goals. It’s brilliant but it’s superficial as well because it’s about how hard we work.’
Perth also confirmed that kit man Noel Walsh would now be around the club on a full-time basis.
He said: ‘Noel being here just adds to the squad. It makes all the management staff’s jobs a lot easier that there is someone else there to help out. He’s also such a good person that we’re all used to having around.
‘The club is in a good position at the moment. There is some changes on the way but at the moment from the management staff all the way down to the players we’re in a good position and we’re very confident.’