Moneymore Recreation Centre was officially reopened this week following an investment of over £270,000 by the Social Investment Fund under its Community Capacity Hubs Programme. Mid District Ulster Council provided additional funding of £70,000 towards the overall project costs.
This investment enabled the refurbishment of the facility, which now offers two additional meeting rooms, one which is large enough to be used as a studio for leisure classes, modernised reception, kitchen and toilet areas, improved accessibility and draught proofing of multi-use games room.
Local schools attended the opening including, Moneymore Primary School, St Patrick’s Primary School, The Loup, St Patrick’s Primary School, Moneymore, St Malachy’s Primary School, Drummullan, and Churchtown Primary Schoool.
The refurbishment has come through funding received from the Social Investment Fund (SIF) under the NI Executive’s Delivering Social Change framework. The SIF Community Capacity Hubs Programme, which comprises the development of seven community facilities, was managed by the Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN).
Speaking at the facility, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake said:
“While the money may have been spent on bricks and mortar, the investment is actually in people, in the fabric, not of a building, but of a community.
“The whole ethos behind the fund is to improve physical structures and by doing so, to open up more opportunities for local people to enjoy community life, whether that’s through sport and physical activity, events, meetings, leisure classes or courses. The breadth of activity is as wide as local people wish it to be.
The recreation centre is here to be that focal point for the village and I look forward to seeing it well-used and enjoyed by the people of Moneymore.”
Rosaleen Hanna, Chairperson for CWSAN said: “CWSAN was delighted to work in partnership with Mid Ulster District Council to deliver this investment. It is vitally important that the community in Moneymore is able to access high quality recreation and leisure services locally and this project has been able to deliver just that.”
Siobhan Broderick from The Executive Office said: ‘I am delighted to have attended the official opening of Moneymore Recreation Centre. The Social Investment Fund has contributed over £270,000 to this particular project and this investment will enable Moneymore Recreation Centre to provide better services to the local community.
The refurbishment is impressive. The facility is already being used by local schools and the community. It enhances the social and recreational opportunities for local people in a modern facility.
The centre compliments existing community initiatives and provides a platform to build long-term community capacity within Moneymore. It is a pleasure to see this project add to the very positive work already supported by SIF.”
Thanks were also extended to all those involved in the project, including Bell Contracts (Cookstown), Michael Herron Architects (Coalisland), and the Leisure Services and Technical Services staff, who managed the project for Mid Ulster District Council.
Moneymore Recreation Centre is now available for bookings. For further information or to discuss an existing or planned booking, call 03000 132 132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.