Poots kicks off new pitch on rural recreation

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA has today stressed the benefits of upgrading recreation facilities in rural areas during visits to Mid-Ulster.

By Edwin Poots MLA

Belfast South

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The Minister visited a new £33,800 investment by DAERA to enhance football pitch facilities in Pomeroy, County Tyrone. The Minister said: “Facilities like this at Pomeroy in rural Tyrone are often the centre for not only fitness but social interaction in the local community. I am very pleased to see these new enhanced facilities at Pomeroy Pitch completed to which DAERA has contributed £33,800 under the Rural Villages Renewal fund stream.

“The investment improves the standard and quality of the recreational infrastructure for the residents of Pomeroy and the surrounding communities.”

The pitch received £33,800 funding under the LEADER Programme as part of a £204,000 investment in the town by Mid Ulster District Council’s Village Renewal Scheme through the Mid Ulster Local Action Group (LAG).

During his visit to the Mid Ulster area he also visited Drum Manor Forest Park and Lissan House. At Drum Manor Forest Park outside Cookstown he also walked along a new £26,300 investment in new disabled facilities with improved walkways. He said: “My Department is aware of the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Recreational activities are very important and play a large part in sustaining the health and well-being of communities. The improved infrastructure in the park increase accessibility for those in wheelchairs and families with young children.

“These improved facilities will have a real impact on improving the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable citizens in the Mid Ulster area.”

Mid Ulster Council District Chair, Councillor Paul McLean said: “I was privileged to be invited to see the results of projects made possible by the Rural Villages Renewal Fund, delivered through the Mid Ulster LAG. The results that we have seen will be a great asset to the local community. In particular, facilities like these do so much for the physical and mental health of our young people, who in rural communities can find it difficult to access sporting opportunities when the infrastructure isn’t there.”

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