Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of £461,000 for Lurgan Town Football Club.
The funding, provided by the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Social Development, will allow the club to expand its services to accommodate growing local demand. The work will include the construction of a half sized 3G pitch and a new larger clubhouse. In additional the outdoor environment will be upgraded; this will include the replacement of floodlighting to allow the pitches to be used in the evening from September to April
Minister McCausland said: “In the last quarter of a century, Lurgan Town Football club has gone from strength to strength, providing sporting activities for the residents of the Lurgan Neighbourhood Renewal Area. However its success has created a situation where it has outgrown its facilities.
“This is an exciting time for the Club, in its silver jubilee year, and I am pleased, therefore, that the Executive through my Department is able to provide the necessary funding to assist its continued growth into the future.”
Welcoming the funding announcement Nigel Johnston, Chairman of Lurgan Town FC said: “We are delighted that the Department has provided this much needed funding for the club. The construction of a new half sized 3G pitch will be ideal for running sessions for local children making exercise an enjoyable pastime and keeping them active.”
Notes to editors:
1. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy 'People and Place' which was published in June 2003, sets out government’s proposals for closing the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy has four interlinking strategic objectives:
2. Funding of £461,000 will be provided from the Department of Social Development’s Neighbourhood Renewal programme.
3. The project will involve the construction of a modular building clubhouse with kitchen and social area; tarmacing of the car park; replacing damaged fencing; construction of a half size 3G pitch and the replacement of the flood lights
4. Photos can be viewed later today on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/niexecutive/