Work has begun on a new £300,000 sports facility for the Roughan area, which has been paid for by the Department of Social Development.
Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, attended a sod-cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of work on the new 3G pitch near Augher on Friday, December 4.
The new facility is being funded through the Regional Shared Sports Facility pilot programme, which aims to bridge community divides and rural isolation, and will provide a synthetic football training pitch with flood lights which will be used by local soccer clubs and other sporting organisations within the area.
Minister Storey said: “This project is another excellent example of local volunteers working hard for the benefit of their community.
“The Fivemiletown District Cultural and Sports Association has lobbied hard for this new facility and have played a key role in making this happen for the people of Augher and further afield.”
The Regional Shared Sports Facility pilot programme comprises seven projects of which Roughan’s 3G pitch is one.
The aim of the programme is to enable divided and isolated communities to establish new relations and encourage cross community involvement in sport.
The Minister added: “It has long been acknowledged that sport breaks down barriers and unites people in a common interest. The provision of new amenities such as this 3G pitch provides opportunities for people to come together and participate in sport and avail of healthy activities in a new and modern facility.
“This project has been made possible thanks to the dedication of the Fivemiletown District Cultural and Sports Association and I wish them, and the local community, every success in the future.”