Derry Scores new football hotspot

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Republic of Ireland ace James McClean has unveiled plans for a new soccer hotspot in Derry.

The private venture will see no fewer than nine new floodlit, synthetic grass pitches constructed at Bay Road at a cost of £1m.

The project is being developed by the organisation behind the Brunswick Moviebowl and is expected to create up to 20 new jobs. Project officer Patrick Simpson outlined the plans: “Scores Soccer Centre is set to provide nine self contained, all weather, floodlit, 3G pitches, suitable for both 5-a-side and 7-a-side football.”

He added: “There is a huge passion for football in the city and Scores Soccer Centre hopes that it will lend a helping hand to producing a few more football stars for the region. We are looking forward to developing a fantastic football facility on the banks of the River Foyle that will become a focal point for everyone in the community to come along and engage in fun and healthy activity.”

Unveiling the plans for Derry’s new ‘soccer city,’ Sunderland FC and Republic of Ireland star James McClean said “it’s hard not to be excited” by the plans. Ahead of jetting off for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, he added: “Not only are these facilities set to be second to none but they will also provide a fantastic platform for developing youth soccer in the city. I wish everyone involved the very best of luck over the next couple of months and I look forward to having a kick-about in Scores Soccer Centre in the near future.”

Gerard Bradley from Trojans Soccer Club in Creggan also attended the unveiling of the plans. “This is an exciting project for youth soccer in the city. Not only will Scores Soccer Centre provide excellent facilities but it will also become a meeting point for young people to come along and develop their football skills.”

A planning application for Scores Soccer Centre is with the Planning Service for consideration and it is hoped that approval will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.