Coalisland Fianna GAA Club have unveiled plans for new facilities funded by a £310k windfall from the Department of Social Development Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme.
The money will be used to build a new indoor Activity Centre with two one-wall handball courts and changing rooms to meet the needs of the clubs ever-growing Ladies teams.
The club has promised ‘huge changes’ to its facilities, including the removal of a bank on the club side of the field, and a new boundary wall and gates built. Work is expected to begin in the coming months.
The club’s committee has thanked all the groups and schools who provided letters of support for the application.
“The funding from DSD is a huge boost but we still have to find additional money to complete the major redevelopment on this side of the pitch”, said the club.
“In January this year we launched Clann Na Fianna and to date we have over 80 members signed up.
“With the announcement of the DSD funding day we can now kick start the next phase of redevelopment at Fr Peter Campbell park but urge as many people to sign up to Clann Na Fianna or even register as members for the year.
“With everyone’s support we can provide the facilities that our youth, players, members and local community truly deserve.”
Further money from the Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme will go to improving facilities at Brackaville GFC.
Chair of the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Coalisland & Dungannon and Mid Ulster MP, Francie Molloy, told the Times the clubs had made an application to the fund “going back three years”.
Welcoming the announcement, he said “funding had sort of dried up for a while” but with Stormont departments due to change and it being the end of the financial year, the money became available.
“It will be used to update facilities,” he said.
Praising the good work that has come from the fund, he added: “Neighbourhood Renewal has generated around £5m for Coalisland overall. Ogras Youth Club has done a complete renewal. Footpaths and lighting have been improved.”
The Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme was launched to improve everyday life for people living in deprived areas.
Neighbourhoods in the most deprived 10% of wards across Northern Ireland were identified by the Northern Ireland Executive. Following extensive consultation, this resulted in a total of 36 areas, and a population of approximately 280,000 (one person in 6 in Northern Ireland), being targeted for intervention.