St Joseph’s High School receives funding for new sports facilities.

Declan McAteer Posted by
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Community, News, Sport

St Joseph’s Boys High School in Newry is set to receive funding of up to £258,000 from the Department of Social Development’s Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund. The funding will allow the school to develop its physical education programme which will also allow the school’s team to play competitive games within the school’s grounds, a first for the school. The funding also covers another facility, which will be accessible to the surrounding community.

Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland said, “Sport develops and enriches communities and there are clear links between sporting activity and improved health and well being. The new playing pitch at St Joseph’s will provide state of the art facilities for use by the school teams, its pupils and the surrounding community. It will help to create a strong sense of local community pride.”

Minister McCausland also acknowledged the role of the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership in Newry, saying, “Community involvement is a key component of Neighbourhood Renewal. This project is an excellent example of this in practice: local people, working with the relevant statutory organisations, have brought forward a project which will help address some of the key causes of disadvantage such as access to services and facilities.”

The Principal of St Joseph’s High School, Hugh Mallon, welcomed news of the funding. “I would like to thank the Minister for making the funding available for this project. St Joseph’s has served the local community for over 50 years and today’s announcement is a tremendous boost, not only for the school and its pupils but also for the local community who, through Neighbourhood Renewal and the Extended Schools programmes have access to many of our facilities. We look forward, therefore, to being able to provide enhanced activities for our students and the local residents once the new pitch is completed.”

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