The mission of Broadford Rovers is to support the children and young adults of the local community through the provision of sporting facilities in a healthy and safe environment.
- Broadford Rovers Football Club (“BRFC”) was founded in 1978. For 40 years we have supported the young people and community of Ballinteer, Dundrum, Rathfarnham and Churchtown.
- We began life with just one Under 10 team playing in the South Dublin Football League and we played our home matches at Broadford Park on Stonemason’s Way.
- Our earliest club house/changing facility was a shipping container obtained from UCD. Even then we were seen as progressive as teams from most other clubs in the league had to change at the side of the road. The container is still part of the structure of our changing facilities at our lower pitch in Broadford Park.
- The facilities that the club has since developed reflect the vision of the founding parents and the successive committees that have served the club over many years.
- Club membership grew at an extraordinary rate as the surrounding community evolved and developed and our first infrastructural success was to obtain the use of extra pitches at Marlay Park. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council continues to supply us with pitches to serve most of our teams.
- In 1996 we broke unprecedented ground when we were able to open our excellent pavilion with showers and toilet facilities and separate changing rooms for opposition teams and referees. Again we progressed to this stage well in advance of many of our peer clubs in the area. We were successful in attracting a key National League club, Shelbourne FC, to Broadford Park to officially open the facility.
- Our senior teams are affiliated to the Leinster Senior League, which is not far removed from the SSE Airtricity League, and they play to a very high standard.
- Our underage teams, participate in the Dublin and District Schoolboys League (“DDSL”) and the EBS South Dublin Football League (“SDFL”).All of these leagues, and our teams, operate under the auspices of the Football Association of Ireland (“FAI”).
- In 2018 Broadford Rovers became the first football club in Leinster to be awarded the FAI Club Mark Entry Level Award and were nominated as a Club of the Year finalist.
- As the club developed through the years training facilities were becoming an increasingly difficult issue.
- In 2000 the committee embarked on a project to address this issue and develop all weather facilities in Broadford Park.
- The outcome was the two all weather pitches located on Stonemasons Way beside what was then the GlaxoSmithkline factory and then became the European HQ of GlaxoSmithkline.
- This project required engagement with planners, quantity surveyors, a contractor and government departments with regard to grant support. The total cost was over €127,000, 75% of which we funded through borrowing.
- Our original All-Weather Pitch was officially opened in May 2001 by then manager of the Republic of Ireland, Mick McCarthy.
- In 2009, we redeveloped our all-weather facility to bring it into line with more modern standards set by FIFA for all-weather pitches and surrounding infrastructure (fencing, lighting etc.), with a cost of approx.. €140,000 which was funded mainly from National Lottery grants and club borrowings.
- The benefits that these pitches bring to the club are enormous. All our teams now avail of a training berth in all kinds of weather and it is also used on Sunday mornings for our academy children, who are five and six years of age. As well BRFC teams, local schools and community groups can avail of the facility free of charge. Also, local adults keep fit during the week with five a side football, and there are varying shapes and sizes of former footballers of all standards, strutting their stuff, reliving past glories and of course getting valuable exercise.
- Another important development in recent years was the addition of a Women’s Section to the Club in 2002. During the mid to late 2000’s we had up to four girls’ teams participating in the MGL. For many years girls had been playing with the under age boys teams up to under thirteen but with the development of women’s soccer there is now a longer term football platform for girls in the community. Three of our former schoolgirl players have been capped at underage International level with the Republican of Ireland.
- We have had a number of notable successes with our teams down through the years;
- Our under 12’s were All Ireland Champions in 2007 having won the final competition on penalties against Shiven Rovers of Roscommon.
- Also in 2007, each of our other girls’ teams were either League Champions or Cup Winners, or sometimes both!
- Our two Senior Teams have provided the club with a large measure of success down through the years with Cup wins and League promotions. Broadford Rovers was voted ‘Club of the Year’ by the Leinster Senior League in 2006 and have been an established member of the Intermediate Divisions for most of the last twenty years.
- Many of our boys teams have also won their respective leagues and cups, down though the years and these are all commerated in our Clubhouse with winning Cup and League pennants on show.
- Our youngest members are the lifeblood of the club and following the development of the all weather facilities in 2001 we established our “Broadford Rovers Academy”. Every weekend our Academy runs on the all weather pitches. The Academy caters for club members aged four, five and six years old and is the life blood of the club’s continuing existence and serves as a platform for the long term sporting experience of all of the children of our community.
- Many of our former players have achieved success in the sporting arena including:
- Glen Fitzpatrick who won many honours with Shelbourne and Drogheda United and scored goals in the Champions League and UEFA Cup and he was the Manager of our Intermediate Squad when we won the Leinster Senior 1A league in 2014.
- Richie Sadlier, who played for Millwall and is also a full Republic of Ireland International,.
- Triple Major Championship Winner Padraig Harrington (although we can’t claim much credit for his golfing success)
- Ian Daly, former Manchester City and Greek Super League and Spanish 2nd Division player who obtained International honours with the Republic of Ireland and Youth and U21 levels.
- Paul Osam, forms Legaue of Ireland champion current Republic of Ireland U16 International Coach
- In 2018, Broadford Rovers founder Paul Smith became the club's Honorary Life President, while Tom Reeves (aka Sean Connors) became an Honorary Life Member.
The Club Today
- At the start of the 2019 football season BRFC has a thriving kid’s academy, twenty underage schoolboy teams, three senior mens teams and a womens senior team. The club are also currently recruiting for a u9, u11 and u14 girls teams who train every Tuesday. The club has nearly five hundred playing members and over seventy voluntary coaches/managers
- The vast majority of the managers/coaches are either current players or past players. A large number have invested their own time in coaching courses organised by BRFC through the FAI.
- The club operates in accordance with the Irish Sports Council’s “Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Children’s Sport” and has an appointed Children’s Officer to oversee this process and we continue to ensure that the ethos of the Code of Ethics is central to our progress and development. All of our volunteers are Garda Vetted.
- The All Weather facility and the grass training areas on Stonemasons Way are fully utilised every night of the week and every Saturday and Sunday morning.
- We have a full sized pitch beside the all weather facility which caters for our underage and senior teams. Although we lease this pitch from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, we have invested over €40,000 in this pitch in recent years in ongoing maintenance to maintain a top class surface for our playing teams.
- Our younger competitive players, aged seven to eleven years use the smaller pitches on Stonemasons Way, beside the full-sized pitch. These are usually five, seven and nine a side games and are a preparation for graduating the younger players to the full sized game.
- From age twelve upwards the majority of our home matches are played on two pitches in Marlay Park which we utilise on annual licence from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
- For forty years BRFC has been managed by various committees in a financially prudent and appropriate manner. Many of our successes have been achieved from our own funds, with appropriate grant support.
- Since 2001 the club has undertaken nearly €100,000 in capital expenditure on work to both clubhouses and to our all-weather pitches in Broadford Park.
- The club has also spent well in excess of €50, 000 on developing and maintaining its main pitch at Broadford Park and we believe this to be one of the finest playing surfaces in South Dublin.
- However, it is club policy is not to charge subscriptions to members who cannot afford them. Our policy is to provide access to our facilities to all children who wish to play.
- The club has a number of very generous sponsors from the local area. Other sponsors tend to be contacts of managers or parents of players who agree to sponsor an individual team.
- Fund raising:
- The Club runs a number of fund raising events such as the FAI National Club Draw and other events.
- Our ambition is to continue to build on the facilities that we have developed over forty years of commitment to our members, past, present and future.
- The growth in our club has ebbed and flowed in recent years. The current demographics of the Ballinteer community suggests that the continued well being of BRFC in the area, and indeed our peer clubs of all codes, will be a very important aspect of the community infrastructure for some years to come.
- We have a track record of fund raising for investment in our facilities and in maintaining those facilities to a high standard.
- The current Committee of Broadford Rovers Football Club is committed to continuing the work done by previous committees over a period of forty years in supporting the children and young adults of our community.
- While our main focus is in the sporting arena we believe that we also contribute to the long term well being and social development of our members in providing activities that focus on teamwork and an ethos of working together for the broader good.
- Broadford Rovers has always been a progressive club but our core focus is consistently on the development of the young people in our community through soccer. We have good relationships with all of our neighbouring clubs, of all codes, and we actively support our members in all of their sporting pursuits.
- We are a responsible community club and we are committed to making our contribution in providing top class sporting facilities for use by the local Community.