Funding boost for new sports centre in Thomastown

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

Plans for a new indoor community sports centre in Thomastown received a boost this week, with the announcement of an additional €100,000 in funding.

Plans for a new indoor community sports centre in Thomastown received a boost this week, with the announcement of an additional €100,000 in funding.

On Thursday, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan made the announcement that he had sanctioned the extra monies to GC Leisure for the development of the multi functional sports centre. This is additional to the previously announced €200,000 under the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013, bringing the overall grant to €300,000.

The project will see the development of an indoor community sports facility to enhance the social attractiveness of Thomastown. The overall project is for a sporting facility; multifunctional sports hall with full size basketball court and provision for other facilities.

“This project will be of immense benfit to Thomastown with its total project costs of over €413,000,” said the minister.

“I know it will improve the quaility of life and will strengthen the social and economic fabric for all the areas inhabitants.”

The LEADER elements of the Programme aims to improve the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism.

The project will now go back to the Board of County Kilkenny Leader Partnership for final approval.