18/12/2009

Minister McCausland Visits Pool Site

Northern Ireland Sports Minister Nelson McCausland (pictured) has visited the site for a 50-metre swimming pool, which will be built in Bangor by North Down Borough Council.

The Minister said: "I am pleased to visit the site of this flagship project and examine the plans which North Down Borough Council has to provide Northern Ireland's first Olympic sized swimming pool.

"This project marks the first phase of a major facilities development programme. As a regional centre of excellence this complex will be a state-of-the-art facility to be enjoyed by all the people of Northern Ireland.

"The project will go a long way towards addressing Northern Ireland’s need for world class sporting facilities and will deliver a sporting infrastructure previously unavailable.
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"I wish North Down Borough Council every success for the future development and construction of its new Leisure Complex, which will include the 50 metre pool, and re-iterate my Department’s commitment to this project.

"I look forward to hearing about its progress and to visiting again when building work is completed."

The Minister continued: "I am hopeful that in the not too distant future other proposals, currently being examined by Sport Northern Ireland, will be taken forward to provide major sports facilities for the people of Northern Ireland.

"My Department will work in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland and other organisations to take forward the development of these facilities, subject to normal approval processes, which will create a lasting legacy for future generations of athletes of all levels of ability and indeed the wider community."

(NS/BMcC)

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