21/11/2014

New Shared Sports Facility Opens In Belfast

A new shared sports facility has been opened in Belfast.

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon and Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín opened the new sports facility at Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School.

A joint project between Aquinas and Ulster Rugby, the facility was funded by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and Belfast City Council.

It features a synthetic 3G pitch that can be used for rugby, football or GAA training.

Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon, said: "A key goal of Belfast City Council’s Investment Programme is to prioritise projects that make a real difference to communities. This is a great example.

"Our £15m investment in pitches throughout all parts of the city will ensure greater use of facilities as well as boosting excellence across a range of sports."

Speaking at the opening, the Minister said: "The transformation has been incredible and we now have fantastic facilities available not only to pupils of Aquinas Grammar School and Ulster Rugby but also the wider community.

"I am pleased that my Department’s contribution of £560,000, together with Belfast City’s Council’s contribution, has produced such a worthwhile outcome. I am delighted to see the school estate being maximised for the benefits of the wider community."

(IT/MH)

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