Big John is on a roll, as the Irish-based Irish team prepares for a major tournament in 2019, which could put a dent in their World Cup ambitions.
The world-famous Irish club is hosting a major international tournament in France, with the tournament being called the Big Irish Cup.
The event is a three-day tournament, which will see the Irish squad face off against some of the biggest clubs in the world, including the likes of the likes on this year’s Uefa European Championships and the 2018 World Cup.
Big John’s head coach Steve Dickson says the event is part of the club’s ongoing strategy of making Ireland a strong global force, and that the Big Jacks have the players and coaching staff to make the most of it.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase what we are all about,” said Dickson.
“This is one of the greatest competitions in the country, and the Big Billiarts have been a major part of that, and we’re very excited to play the biggest event of the year in France.”
The tournament is being held in the village of Rennes, just a couple of miles from the capital, Paris.
The Big Johns are currently on a two-year, $50 million expansion project, which includes a new training facility and stadium, and has the support of the French Government.
The club have had to make some tough decisions in the wake of the Brexit vote, with some of their players leaving, while others are also working towards completing their first season in Europe.
“The decision to move from our current training base at Aintree was made in 2016 to make sure we were building a solid foundation, to be able to invest in the next stage of our journey,” Dickson said.
“There is a lot of hard work to be done here, and there is an enormous amount of work ahead.”
While the Big Johnny will be playing a key role in the upcoming tournament, Dickson also said that the club will be putting in a significant amount of investment in the area, including a new sports science centre, new toilets, a new café, a gym, and a new club house.
“I think that’s part of it, the new sports and health centre and the gym.
All those things are part of what we’re doing in the community,” he said.
The club also have a new youth academy in the borough of Clonmel, with new members, and Dickson revealed that the academy will be taking on an additional role in 2019.
“We have a number of young people who have just started in the academy, and I think that will really drive us forward in terms of our young people’s development,” he added.
“We’re a bit ahead of our time, but we’re committed to it, we’ve got a great team here, a fantastic staff, and it’s a fantastic place to be.”
The Big Johnny have also partnered with the National Centre for Sport and Sport Education to run a new programme that is aimed at promoting sport in the public schools, with Dickson revealing that the program has already received some positive feedback from the public.
As the Big Joeys move forward, the Irish Independent has learned that the next big event in the Big Boys calendar is also due to take place in 2019 in England.
This year, Big John will be hosting the Big UK Open, which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall.
The tournament will see four teams compete in the event, which is held in Birmingham, which has a population of around 2,000.
It is also one of a number tournaments that Big John’s is looking to host in 2019 which could be a big boost to their World Cups aspirations.