Stormont’s Social Development Minster today pledged almost £700,000 to Derry’s long planned sporting centre of excellence.
Nelson McCausland, who visited the site at St Columbs Park, says his department will provide £656,000 of the £11.7million cost.
The rest of the cost is to be covered by Derry City Council.
“I am pleased to announce £656,000 funding towards this new £11.7million regional centre of sports excellence in Londonderry,” the Minister says.
“This facility will not just serve the city but will benefit athletes across Northern Ireland. The ability to hold large scale indoor events in the venue will leave a lasting legacy following next year’s UK City of Culture programme.”
Derry Mayor Kevin Campbell says the North West Regional Sports Campus, complete with Ireland’s first judo centre of excellence, a multi-purpose sports hall, a fully equipped fitness suite, 25 metre swimming pool, outdoor changing facilities for existing and new pitches, a new 3G seven-a-side pitch, is one of the council’s key projects.
“The North West Regional Sports Campus is one of Derry City Council’s key strategic development projects for delivery. We are delighted that the Department of Social Development has handed over the Contract for Funding so that we can progress with the next phase of the project.
“The Campus is a significant capital project for the city which will not only see the development of additional outreach facilities but enable us to attract high profile events for the benefit of the city and region.
“Derry City Council remains committed to advancing and delivering this significant capital project for the city and region in close partnership with the DSD and other partners.”
The Department for Social Development’s funding will allow the Sports Campus to be used as an indoor events space to host events with a seating capacity of over 2,000 people making it the largest permanent indoor events space in the city.