Belfast Telegraph

Residents’ group secures funding for games area

by Natalie Irvine

Carrick Hill Residents Association has secured over £45,000 to help construct a lit multi-use games area (MUGA).

The overall cost of the facility is estimated to be £170,000, of which £45,000 from the Alpha Programme will go towards the development of the games area.

Frank Dempsey, Chairperson of Carrick Hill Residents Association, said: “This is a long awaited facility for Carrick Hill and the Residents Association.

“We are very much looking forward to the project being completed and we would like to really thank Belfast City Council and the Alpha Programme, managed by Groundwork NI, for their effort and funding of the project.”

The grant was presented to representatives of the Residents Association by Melvyn Waddell who is from the Alpha Programme Steering Group.

He said: “I am delighted that the group has secured this funding from the Alpha Programme towards the development of the MUGA in Carrick Hill.

“Belfast City Council is also assisting the local community, both financially and technically, to create this much needed facility.

“I understand work has already started on the project and should be completed before the end of the year.

"This project will promote sport and leisure and as a result will get people active and improve their well-being as well as enhance interaction within the community of Carrick Hill.”

In the last 24 months the Alpha Programme has provided funding for just over £700,000 for biodiversity and community based projects.

The Alpha Programme, managed by Groundwork NI, invites groups to apply for grants that will be allocated to those organisations that can demonstrate that they have the ideas to transform their local surroundings for the better.

Over the period of the programme, funding of up to £300,000 is provided on an annual basis — groups are encouraged to submit their proposals outlining their ideas and projects and to see if they are eligible for funding.

Mr Waddell adds: “This funding can provide great support and offers people the opportunity to make a real difference in their community.”

For further information on the programme or to download the application form and guidance notes please visit www.groundworkni.org.uk

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