Club History

Club History

Success Through Participation For All

Ardmore Rovers is now in its 40th year, is in the best of health, and proud of its achievements. Over the years we have seen our club grow and develop to become one of the best school children's clubs in the country.
What is most notable about Ardmore's development is that it has been based on a solid platform of voluntary community effort "the work of many hands". The Ardmore baton has been passed on and never dropped. The challenge, to provide organised sport to the youngsters of Bray, has been successfully delivered. We now cater for over 600 members, that includes a vibrant Cubs Academy for children age 4 to 7, and we run 38 teams for children age Under 7 to Under 18, as well as 2 senior teams. We now compete at the highest level in the Dublin and District School Children Leagues, and senior teams play in the Leinster Senior League. We provide excellent facilities, equipment and coaching for all of our members.

Nothing worthwhile comes without real effort and strong commitment. The leadership and dedication of our many Managers and Officials, past and present, are too numerous to list, has been the key to our positive development over the years. They are responsible for embedding the club as a vital and vibrant part of Bray's sporting community.

We are, of course, indebted to the many players who wore the Ardmore colours and made up our teams, the Parents and Guardians who helped out by providing transport, washing gear etc. and to the tremendous generosity from our ever growing list of sponsors. We are also indebted to our local schools for providing us with pitches and facilities and to Bray Town Council for its investment in the recreational facilities at Ballywaltrim and the Peoples Park. Last but not least, the contribution of our League administrators and match officials can not be overstated.

Over the years our teams have collected many trophies and honours and we have produced players (male and female) who have gone on to represent their county and country with great distinction.

However, our achievements are not just measured in terms of honours achieved and silverware won. First and foremost, football is to be enjoyed, it is also an important vehicle for physical and emotional development. Ardmore's priority is clearly focused on providing a safe and friendly environment to contribute positively to the development of the individual. Our club motto "success through participation for all" remains of paramount importance to us. Ardmore has always kept this ideal to the forefront of our development strategy and as we go forward we will aim to cater for different levels of ability, to build team spirit and to progress players, by encouraging and coaching, to help them get maximum fulfillment from the game.

Our club will continue to develop related social activities through arranging trips abroad and through hosting a range of other events. The aim is to involve as many Parents and supporters as possible in our activities and retain the strong community spirit which has been the bed rock of our success.

We have come a long way in 40 years, the journey has been very varied and rewarding. We go forward in great shape, in good hands and with great confidence.