Mayor of Coleraine, Councillor David Harding of Coleraine Borough Council was delighted to host Minster for Culture Carál Ní Chuilín, during her visit to Coleraine.
The Minister first visited Coleraine Town Hall where upon her arrival she received a brief from the Project Board for the development of Council’s ‘Sports Village Development’ at Rugby Avenue. The Project Board consists of councillors, officers and external members, chaired by Richard Baker, Corporate Director Coleraine Borough Council.
The briefing provided an overview of the physical, mental and social benefits that would be provided through improved sport and leisure facilities in the Borough of Coleraine. In addition, Council demonstrated the need to involve private sector investment in the development of the scheme.
Mayor of Coleraine, Councillor David Harding said: “The generic social outcomes derived from this project are significant, especially in addressing the ever increasing problems associated with a more sedentary lifestyle including heart disease, obesity and cancer.
“The support of the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and Sport Northern Ireland is essential to ensure that this project is successful and meets the sport and leisure needs of the Borough and visitors to the area.”
After reviewing the Sports Village Project, the Minister continued her visit to the Borough at the Bann Rowing Club where a reception was hosted in appreciation for the very generous capital grant from DCAL in 2013.
Coleraine Borough Council supported the Bann Rowing Club with its application for funding, providing advance and administrative support. With this £50,000 grant the club were able to purchase boats, safety craft and training equipment in order to expand the club membership.
Keith Leighton, Club Captain of the Bann Rowing Club stated, “The members of the Bann Rowing Club are delighted to welcome Minister Carál Ní Chuilín back to the Club in Coleraine. I am also pleased to be able to thank the Minister in person for her support to the sport following last year’s highlights as we aim to provide more medal winners for the future.”