Loughmacrory host Funding Information Seminar for GAA Clubs
The community of Loughmacrory celebrated the launch of a state-of-the development project, encompassing community and sporting facilities in June 2014 and have since seen the immense benefits and positive impact that this £1 million+ first class strategic project has had within the community as a whole.
The development incorporates a 500-seated stand, a covered 3-court one wall handball and multi-use arena, a running track, digital display board, modern gym and recreational facilities at the lough. Since the launch, the massive benefits associated with the entire facilities has been seen by the many thousands of people who have attended the various events staged there.
A national series Triathlon which saw almost 500 athletes from throughout Ireland compete there attracted a high-quality field and large fan-base there in early August. The Ulster GAA One Wall Handball Championships on the last weekend of June saw 160 of the top handballers from all counties in Ulster compete for the major provincial titles. This was followed in early August by the record-breaking award-winning Lough 1Wall International Showdown GAA Handball Tournament which had 250 players from Ireland and across the world compete in front of over 1,000 spectators.
The new covered stand was seen at a series of major football league and championship games from July to October, including the Tyrone Grade 1 Football Championship final between Omagh and Carrickmore. Lough Sunday which included a duathlon, cycling events and races on the new running track, an Open Air Concert in the Handball/Multi Use Arena, a series of major Angling events plus a host of other events throughout the year since project completion are naming just some of the key moments in what has been a big year for the Loughmacrory Community.
Funding for the project…
Loughmacrory GAA, in conjunction with the local Community Development Association, were successful in securing £825,000 from the current Rural Development Programme to develop these community and sport facilities in Mid Tyrone.
Along with match funding from other sources, the total development fund totalled £1 million+ to see the production and completion of a state of the art strategic project which was officially opened on 28th June 2014.
The work-group on the project have since considered in detail how best to share the experiences gained, to help maximise opportunities for GAA clubs and other groups from the upcoming Rural Development Programme (2014-20) and other funding sources.
Speaking ahead of the Funding information seminar on 10th January, Comunity Development Association Chairman, Declan McAleer added “The GAA is the backbone of many communities the length and breadth of Ireland and a key objective of this seminar is to discuss the Loughmacrory project and disseminate the lessons learnt from our experiences. We are very keen to share our experience to help prepare GAA clubs for current and future rounds of funding”
Invitation to Funding Information Seminar…
The promoters of the Loughmacrory project are thus inviting representatives from all clubs to a funding information seminar on Saturday 10th January 2015 (10am – 12pm) at the Loughmacrory GAA clubrooms. The key objective of the seminar is to discuss the project and disseminate lessons learnt from these experiences, thus providing a template to aid future ideas and projects planned by any clubs or community groups going forward.
In addition to the various presentation given by the local project committee, Guest speakers on the day will also include Ryan Feeney (Head of Community Development, Strategy and Public Affairs for Ulster GAA) and Conleth Donnelly (Programme Development Officer with Sport NI).
The seminar will consist of 4 key sections relating to the inception and delivery of capital projects:
- Application and preparation stage (Rory O Brien & Declan Mc Aleer)
- Implementation stage (Shane Mc Cullagh)
- Branding, launch & management (Chris Curran)
- Current and future opportunities for funding from the RDP and other sources (Rory O Brien & Declan Mc Aleer)
Funding Information Seminar
Saturday 10th January 2015
10.00am – 12.00pm
(Tea will be served from 9.30am)
This will be followed by a walk-through of the new facilities should you wish to take part.
If your club wishes to attend, please send the details of delegates to loughmacrory@gmail .com.