South Dublin County Council currently has 162 playing pitches for Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Rugby etc. serving almost 850 teams. Some 14,000 players use these pitches on a weekly basis.
Conditions of Pitch Allocation 2016 / 2017
- The letting season is from 13/08/16 to 17/12/16 and from 14/01/17 to 17/06/17
- South Dublin County Council has full discretion regarding the playability of football pitches under its control. The Council’s decision in this matter shall be final and Clubs or Referees do not have the right to decide that any pitch is playable where the Council has declared the pitch unplayable.
Note: Pitches are declared unplayable by the Council in the interest of maintaining grass surfaces to enable the pitches to be available for play in the long term. Council Staff have authority to declare pitches unplayable at their discretion on Saturday or Sunday if weather conditions have deteriorated since the previous Friday when the pitches may have been declared playable.
Information regarding the playability of pitches is issued every Friday by SMS text messaging and email to Clubs who have provided contact details. It appears on the Council’s Website and on Twitter.
- Pitches are allocated to Clubs subject to the following being submitted:
- Payment as agreed to in the terms of the Payment Option Form
- Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of €6.4 million euro with specific indemnity to South Dublin County Council.
Please note that when insurance falls due for renewal during the letting period Clubs are obliged to submit details of the new insurance policy with specific indemnity to South Dublin County Council.
Clubs must indemnify South Dublin County Council against liability for personal injury in respect of the use of County Council pitch(s) and other facilities and against claims for loss of any articles which may be lost or stolen while using the facilities of the park. Pitch allocation is conditional on details of insurances being received before the start of each season.
- Certification by the appropriate Association, Board or League
It should be noted that South Dublin County Council reserves the right to alter pitch allocations within the season, if necessary. Under no circumstances should Clubs use pitches other than those allocated to them without the prior permission of the Council.
- Club officials must satisfy themselves that the pitch is free from all hazards / traps i.e. broken glass, wire, cans, small depressions, rocks, waste material, holes etc. before each game is played. The onus is on the Club to ensure that the pitch is safe for play. This does not alter the Council’s sole right to call off pitches depending on weather conditions or other circumstances.
- Clubs must collect all litter from the pitch, pitch surrounds and the vicinity of the dressing rooms before and after each match/training session and dispose of the litter in a proper manner. Clubs are responsible for the removal of litter created by the visiting team and supporters.
- Where designated car parking is provided, Clubs must ensure that both their members and the visiting teams avail of these facilities. In all other cases, Clubs must ensure that cars are parked so as to cause minimal inconvenience to adjoining residents and be in compliance with the Traffic Laws/Regulations.
- Clubs must provide a sufficient number of stewards to keep order in dressing rooms and on pitches and must prevent unauthorised entry to pavilions. No responsibility or liability is accepted for loss or damage to any property left on Council property including pavilions.
- Host Clubs must ensure that visiting teams use dressing rooms for changing purposes and under no circumstances must players change in the open.
- Nets are to be secured to posts using the “Netfix” system or plastic “S” net ties only. Clubs will be responsible for providing toggles to attach the nets to the “Netfix” slots provided on goalposts.
The use of twine, tape, nails, hooks etc is strictly prohibited. Clubs found using nails, hooks, tape or twine to secure nets to posts may have their pitch letting withdrawn.
- All forms of attachments for nets e.g. “Netfix”, flags and goal posts should be removed after each game. Pitches are to be marked with “Indolin” only. Other pitch marking materials such as “Creosote”, weed killer etc. are prohibited.
- Club officials and players must gain entry to and exit from the park only through the authorised entrances and exits.
- Where dressing room keys are provided, they must be available to authorised Council staff if demanded, at any time.
- Clubs must paint their dressing rooms in dark green paint at the beginning of the season and Clubs must remove all graffiti from the outside of the dressing rooms by painting over in dark green paint, as required from time to time.
- Training is not allowed on pitches or on pitch surrounds during or after park opening hours, without the prior written approval of the County Council.
- The maintenance and upkeep of pitches is the sole responsibility of South Dublin County Council. Under no circumstances should Clubs/agents provide access or engage in carrying out maintenance or improvement works on pitches allocated to them, without the prior written approval of the County Council.
- The use of Herbicide to mark pitches is not permitted
Any breaches of any of the conditions of letting may result in the termination of the agreement and the withdrawal of the playing facility from a Club.
South Dublin County Council Bye-Laws for the control and regulation of the use of
Parks, Open Spaces and recreational playing grounds came into effect on 1st August 2011. A copy of the Bye-Laws can be obtained free of charge from the Council’s Headquarters, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, and on the Council’s website, www.southdublin.ie