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Funding for new changing facilities at the Meadows

FUNDING to the tune of £30,000 has been approved by council to upgraded sports provision at the Meadows soccer and rugby pitches in Strabane.

Discussed at a recent Health and Community committee meeting at the local authority, it was emphasised that the sports field does not currently have changing accommodation and users have to avail of provision at Melvin Sports Complex, which is an approximate distance of 400m.

It was further relayed that a spare prefabricated changing unit owned by Derry City and Strabane District Council has been identified and the relocation of the unit to service the teams playing at the Meadows site was proposed.

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According to a report by council’s head of Community Development, “An overall budget allocation of £30,000 has been proposed to bring the facility up to the minimum operating standards which will be funded through identified Leisure and Sports Development underspends from 2017/18.”

The funding proposal was passed by council this week.

“I was only to happy to propose it,” Strabane independent councillor, Paul Gallagher said, following the meeting.

“More facilities for the town can only be a good thing and while it’s not a massive amount of money, it will make a difference for the soccer and rugby teams using the facility. So many teams use the Meadows so this is going to be good news for a lot of people.”

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