Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Danny Owens, congratulated the residents of Churchview Heights, Greenwood Park and Fairgreen and paid tribute to their hard work at the official opening of the all-weather Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in Churchview Heights last week.
Cllr Owens added that as a Board Member of Offaly Sports Partnership he recognised the value of such facilities being available in local communities to the participation of people at all levels in sport from the semi-professional to those who just want to have a kick-about with friends and colleagues.
The MUGA was developed by Offaly County Council and funded by Lottery funding through the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport as part of the Local Authorities Sports Capital Scheme. The aim of the scheme was to fund projects which will boost participation in Sport. The MUGA is one of 4 facilities have been developed around the County under this scheme.
Chairman of the MUGA Management Committee, Glenn Kelly outlined the range activities that are planned to take place on the facility. Activities include soccer, gaelic football, hurling, tennis, badminton and volleyball. The MUGA Management Committee is made up of residents from Churchview Heights, Greenwood Park and Fairgreen and is supported by Offaly County Council and Offaly Local Development Company.
Mr Kelly paid tribute to Offaly County Council and to the contractor KPF Contracts, Tyrone and to Offaly Local Development Company for their support. He also thanked Offaly Sports Partnership for their offer of support for a programme of soccer coaching during the Summer months.
Offaly County Council Area Manager, Declan Conlon congratulated the community and highlighted the MUGA as a great example of what can be achieved when communities and Local Authorities work in close collaboration.
Despite the rain residents in the local community turned out to the official opening and the participants were hosted in The Cabin for refreshments after the official ribbon cutting. For details on how to book the MUGA contact can be made with Glen Kelly through the Cabin in Churchview Heights.