COOKSTOWN District Council is pleased to announce an upgrade to the facilities at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena with the installation of a new full size Floodlit 3G Pitch, suitable for the playing of Gaelic Games, Rugby and Soccer.
This development will further enhance the reputation of the Mid Ulster Sports Arena as the Centre of Sporting Excellence for Mid Ulster and beyond.
Commenting on the project, Cookstown District Council Chairman Councillor Sean Clarke stated “The construction of this new pitch is further evidence of the Councils commitment to the development of sport in the district, and adds further to the already excellent facilities that are available locally for Gaelic Games”
The upgrade comes as a direct result of extensive consultation with local stakeholders and governing bodies and is fully endorsed by the findings contained within Sport NI Places for Sport Publication (2009) which identifies a shortfall of 11 pitches in the Cookstown District Council area.
Additional research clearly indicates a significant lack of facilities locally for the development of Gaelic Games.
The new pitch will be one of the first full size GAA pitches in Ulster and will be ideally suited for training and playing Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie. The pitch will also allow for playing competitive Rugby and in addition will be suitable for Soccer training.
Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of the Sport and Leisure Committee particularly welcomed the multi-use nature of the pitch, which will provide a perfect venue for the local rugby fraternity as well as enhancing training facilities for soccer within the Cookstown District.
Cookstown District Council has appointed Doran Consulting as Project Managers with Tony Patterson Sportsgrounds as the appointed contractor.
This company have over 35 years experience as sports ground contractors, and with well over 120 grass pitches and over 25 synthetic pitches completed in the last decade they have an unrivalled bank of experience including recent projects at University of Ulster Sporting Centre of Excellence Jordanstown and the University of Limerick where they installed three full size 3G pitches.
Since opening in 2004, the Mid Ulster Sports Arena has endeavoured to be at the forefront of sporting excellence. It currently plays host to a Gaelic Games Promotion Officer in partnership with the Tyrone County Board, Six Active Communities Coaches including a coach dedicated to Gaelic Games.
MUSA is also home to the IFA Centre of Excellence and the IFA Grassroots Programme. In 2009 it was identified by SINI as a Performer Development Centre and has recently recruited an additional two coaches under its Active Communities programme to cater for Soccer and Rugby.
The new 3G Pitch is expected to be fully operational by December 2011 and will be available to book through the Mid Ulster Sports Arena, regular updates on the work will be posted on our Facebook page and anyone requiring any further information should contact MUSA on 028 8676 7135