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Aughnacloy pitch funds announced by Minister

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Aughnacloy pitch funds announced by Minister thumbnailThe site of the new 3G pitch to be provided at Aughnacloy College

OUTGOING Communities Minister Paul Givan has announced 533,000 for a new 3G pitch at Aughnacloy College.

The project, which has the backing of Mid-Ulster District Council, is to be funded by the Department for Communities through the Regional Shared Sporting Facilities programme and the Education Authority.

It will be operated in partnership with Mid-Ulster District Council.

At present the pitch at Aughnacloy College spends most of the year water-logged.

The pitch, as first reported in the Courier last August, will be located within the grounds of Aughnacloy College and will be managed by the College during school hours, with the Council managing the facility in the evening and weekends.

Speaking following confirmation of the funding, the Minister said: "Projects such as 3G pitches provide an opportunity for people from various backgrounds and communities to come together and participate in sport and avail of healthy activities in a safe, fit for purpose modern facility.

"Sport and physical activity can be an important part of everybody's life and has the potential to reach across our communities in so many ways, including improving the health and well being of individuals and by building cohesive communities.

"I welcome the excellent collaboration between the Education Authority, Aughnacloy College, Mid-Ulster Council and the local community in delivering this project, and in coming together to manage the new facility going forward.

"This type of shared use scheme not only benefits the school but it will also benefit the people who live in the Aughnacloy area and the wider rural community.

The school's principal, Mr Berry welcomed the announcement of the funding.

"The completion of this pitch is something we are very much looking forward to," he said.

"It will be for the whole community to use. The school will make use of it during the day and in the evening and school holidays it can be used by local residents.

"It is a worthwhile project and hopefully work will begin soon."

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