Jack Grealish publicly backs campaign to save his local GAA pitch

Jack Grealish backs GAA campaign.

Jack Grealish has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save Pairc na hÉireann, the home ground of Warwickshire GAA in England’s West Midlands.

The Aston Villa captain has a strong GAA background, having played underage Gaelic football for Birmingham GAA club John Mitchel’s and he clearly hasn’t forgotten his roots in the sport.

Jack Grealish has played GAA as a youngster.

Pairc na hÉireann is located in Solihull, where Grealish grew up and plans are in place for a relief road through the pitches and clubhouse, leading to a campaign to prevent this from happening.

Grealish has backed the cause in a statement via Warwickshire GAA in which he says: ‘As a boy I spent many happy years playing Gaelic football in Pairc na hÉireann, “The skills I learned and the encouragement I received helped me become the player I am today.”

“Warwickshire GAA is at the forefront of making sure everyone from all backgrounds has the chance to play and participate. I fully support the campaign to save Pairc na hÉireann.”

Warwickshire GAA in a race against time.

Grealish grew up in the Midlands with a strong Irish heritage, competing John Mitchel’s between the ages of 10 and 14. In 2009, he even scored a point at Croke Park during a half-time exhibition match as Dublin took on Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Warwickshire GAA are now in a race against time to get planning permission to transform their grounds into a modern state-of the-art facility for grassroots sport in the West Midlands.

Chairperson Michael Collins explained that “planning permission has been deferred twice now and a further deferral or rejection would prove catastrophic for us. Any appeal process could take over 12 months to complete.”

GAA President Larry McCarthy has also backed Warwickshire GAA’s cause, saying: “Pairc na hÉireann has been such an important facility for the GAA and the West Midlands community for many years.

“I am hopeful that the planning permission will be given on 11 August, and I look forward to visiting Solihull to see the new development in the near future.”

Grealish is currently the subject of increasing speculation that he could soon make a move to Manchester City, in a deal reported to be worth around £100 million.

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