FUNDING of almost €260,000 has been allocated to Coláiste na Carrige to develop sports and fitness facilities at the school.
The investment will be used to develop field sports, football pitches and a running track and has been described as “a gamechanger” for the school, local communities, clubs and organisations.
Making the announcement this morning, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, said: “Almost €260,000 is to be invested in our school children, clubs and communities by creating a top class athletics centre in Coláiste na Carraige. The Government has now committed €191,753 to the project with another €65,000 coming through the work of the Committee behind the ambitious plan.
“It follows other positive investment decisions in the area in the last couple of years with €200,000 for the Kilcar Digital Hub in the Town and Village Renewal scheme and €97,000 for an extension to Áislann Cill Chartha funded through Roinn na Gaeltachta as well as €70,000 Sports Capital money for the centre.
“It will create a new home for fitness courses, for training, for PE and for athletes to test themselves and for clubs to attract and nuture new raw talent. I am also delighted to hear about the support from local football clubs, Tallow Rowing Club and primary schools.”
The multi-sports project is being funded through the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht. It will include athletics and field sports facilities for long jump, high jump, pole jump, running track with lanes and a 300m walking path around the perimeter, an all-weather pitch and two five-a-side football pitches.
The plan also includes 10 pieces of fitness equipment for adults and a fence and lighting around the facility. The tartan running track is being built to the highest standards with special anti-damp finish.