New pitches at Orange lodge and GAA grounds

New multi-million sports pilot will help bring communities together: Storey''Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has launched a multi-million Shared Sports Facility pilot during a visit to Maguiresbridge Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL
New multi-million sports pilot will help bring communities together: Storey''Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has launched a multi-million Shared Sports Facility pilot during a visit to Maguiresbridge Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL
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A new £2.5m scheme is set to deliver seven new sports pitches – four at Orange lodge grounds and three at GAA grounds – at various locations across Northern Ireland.

The Regional Shared Sports Facility pilot programme “aims to support the development of facilities that will enable divided and isolated communities to establish new friendly relations”.

Department for Social Development funding for the programme is as follows:

l Maguiresbridge LOL 14, new 3G pitch – £284,222;

l Eoghan Ruadh, GFC, Dungannon, new grass pitch and walking track – £417,800;

l Newry & Mourne Council/Valley Rangers Football Club, Kilkeel, new 3G pitch – £246,971;

l Drumintee GFC, Armagh, new grass pitch and walking track – £249,521;

l Fivemiletown District & Cultural Association (Roughan) new 3G pitch – £290,406;

l Tullylish GFC, Gilford, new grass pitch and walking track – £429,798;

l Kilcluney LOL 132, Markethill, extend existing 3G pitch to full size. Costs to be determined.

DSD Minister Mervyn Storey MLA, who visited Maguiresbridge LOL 14 yesterday, said: “Sport breaks down barriers and unites people in a common interest.”

Mr Storey is pictured above with his DUP ministerial colleague Arlene Foster and (left-right): Barrett Rennick, secretary; Tom Elliott UUP MLA; Fermanagh DUP councillor Paul Robinson; and Derek Phair, chair.