Iveagh United is a Belfast based football club and affiliated to the Northern Amateur Football League. We have 2 teams competing in Divisions 2A and 3D of the League.
The club was founded in the early 1960’s, based around the Springfield Road/Iveagh area and has competed in the N.A.F.L from its establishment. We have had success in numerous cup competitions over the years, the most recent in 2003 when we won the Cochrane & Corry Cup. Iveagh won division 2A in 1984 but were unable to gain promotion without the necessary playing facilities.
The Committee and Management of Iveagh have undergone some major changes in recent years and in 2001, a new committee structure was formed in an effort to bring the club forward. The new committee consists of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraiser, Team Representative and a number of other responsible club officials. We meet once a month to discuss our current progress, club matters and plans for the future.
The 1st team plays at Richardson Park, Dunmurry and the 2nds at Brook Activity Centre, Twinbrook. Iveagh Utd has a policy of providing coach education opportunities for all of our coaches. We currently have a number of IFA/UEFA qualified coaches who take training sessions and coach the teams. We train twice a week, Tuesday & Thursday, in the Falls Park (Summer), Brooke Activity Centre (Tuesdays Winter) and Grosvenor (Thursdays Winter).
Key goals for Iveagh in the next few years include setting up a youth team and attaining intermediate status. Iveagh Utd is keen to ensure that young players have an achievable target when they reach the age of 18 – too many young players move away from the game and end up in bars, clubs etc on Saturday afternoons and week nights when they could just as easily become involved in amateur football. We have strived to bring young players through over the last few years, and while the game can sometimes be a bit physical for their age groups, we have examples of players coming through at the age of 17 straight into the first team and holding their own.
We have strived over recent years to establish our team as a cross community team. We have an equality policy and currently have players of various religions and nationalities. We have also expanded our player base and while the nucleus of our team is from West and North Belfast, we have players from Carrickfergus, Downpatrick, Crumlin, Lisburn and Glengormley currently on our books. We feel that this is another step forward for our club and we will continue to look at other means to increase our clubs appeal to anyone who has an interest in the game.