3G pitch a £670k boost for Markethill village regeneration

First Minister Arlene Foster, Lord Mayor, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Darryn Causby, Social Development Minister Lord Morrow and Bryan Hunter, WM Kilcluney LOL132  & Chairman of Kilcluney Management  and Development Committee.
First Minister Arlene Foster, Lord Mayor, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Darryn Causby, Social Development Minister Lord Morrow and Bryan Hunter, WM Kilcluney LOL132 & Chairman of Kilcluney Management and Development Committee.

A new full-size 3G sports pitch has been officially opened in the Armagh village of Markethill.

The £670,000 project, which was part financed by the Department for Social Development, involved the extension of an existing training pitch and provision of floodlights.

First Minister Arlene Foster said the Kilcluney facility was another example of investment in community infrastructure.

“This new modern 3G pitch is a great boost for the Kilcluney and wider Markethill area. These new facilities will provide a safe and secure sports facility and will build on existing good relations through participation in sport,” Mrs Foster said.

As with the previous training facility, the new pitch will be managed by the Kilcluney Management & Development Committee, which is part of the Kilcluney LOL 132.

DSD minister Maurice Morrow said: “This project is another excellent example of local volunteers working hard for the benefit of their community. Since being provided with a small five aside pitch in 2012 the Kilcluney Management & Development Committee has worked hard to make the facility sustainable.

“It has long been acknowledged that sport breaks down barriers and unites people in a common interest. The provision of amenities such as this 3G pitch provides opportunities for people to come together and participate in sport and avail of healthy activities in safe, fit for purpose modern facilities.”

DSD provided funding of £465,000, the former Armagh, City and District Council provided £100,000 and Kilcluney Management & Development Committee provided £105,000.

The Regional Shared Sports Facility pilot programme comprises seven projects of which the Kilcluney 3G pitch is one.