Redevelopment Project

The Club have embarked on an ambitious project to redevelop the current premises into a modern multipurpose sports complex...

Key Funders:

Newtownabbey Local Strategy Partnership

Sports Council Lottery Fund

Foundation for Sport and Arts?

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland


LATEST NEWS *********** Feb 2004

Confirmation has now been received from the Sports Council on the award of the outstanding capital for the project to commence.

Total project costs (including professional fees) - £250k

awarding bodies:

Newtownabbey LSP - £100k

SC Lottery Fund      - £150k


News Release from The Dept Culture, Arts and Leisure

10 March 2004


Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Angela Smith, MP, today emphasised that funding from the National Lottery is paying big dividends in sport in Northern Ireland.

The Minister was speaking at Ballymena Rugby Club where she was announcing a windfall of almost £3.5 million from the National Lottery which will be shared among 39 sports projects across the Province.

Hailing the Lottery as a very valuable source of funding for many good causes, Angela Smith said: "Over the last eight years, thanks to the National Lottery, more than £50 million has been pumped into sport alone in Northern Ireland under the Sports Council’s Lottery Scheme. This money is additional to that provided by Government and it has helped sport to prosper in so many ways.

"These proceeds have contributed towards the provision of different types of new playing facilities, pavilions and equipment as well as supporting special events and assisting sportsmen and women to develop their skills to help them to compete at international level.

"Today’s awards are very welcome additional resources which I am confident will help sport in Northern Ireland to become even stronger."

The Minister also pointed out that the Government recognised the many benefits which sport can bring to the whole community and said that she wanted to see as many people as possible getting involved. She explained: "Not only can sport help to build self-esteem and self-confidence but it also has a crucial role to play in promoting a healthier lifestyle.

"As well as improving all round fitness, active participation can help to tackle the worrying trend of obesity in our population which has been in the news recently. And that can only be good news for everyone," the Minister added.

Angela Smith was welcomed to the event by the Chairman of the Sports Council for Northern Ireland, Eric Saunders, the Business Development Director of Ballymena Rugby Club, Neil Patton, and by the Captain of the Ulster Rugby team, Andy Ward.


These awards are allocated under three funding programmes.

Club Sport Programme

The aim of this programme is to enable as many people as possible to take part in sport, and to continue their involvement, by assisting sports clubs with the development of locally based facilities. The projects allocated funding are:

  1. Armagh Harps GFC £ 70,863
  2. Ballymena RFC £ 95,603
  3. Bangor Golf Club £ 89,069
  4. Beragh Red Knights GAC £151,462
  5. Clogher Valley RFC £ 85,000
  6. Dorsey Emmets GAC, Cullyhanna £ 90,000
  7. Eglinton Cricket Club £ 70,000
  8. Errigal Ciaran GFC, Ballygawley £ 85,000
  9. Glengormley Amateur Boxing Club £150,000
  10. Holywood Golf Club £ 81,225
  11. Keady GAA Social & Development Club £ 22,715
  12. Laurelvale Football Club, Tandragee £ 72,749
  13. Ligoniel Amateur Boxing Club £135,590<
  14. Loughinisland GAC, Downpatrick £ 70,000
  15. Newcastle Tennis Club £ 52,105
  16. O’Donovan Rossa GAC, Ardboe £105,000
  17. Peadar O’Doirnin CLG, Forkhill £ 70,000
  18. Pegasus Hockey Club, Castlereagh £200,000
  19. Portaferry Town Boys’ Sports Club £ 75,000
  20. Portglenone Outdoor Bowling Club £ 20,140
  21. Rathfriland Football Club £ 70,000
  22. St Brigid’s GAC, Belfast £161,770
  23. St Brigids GAC, Cloughmills £ 70,000
  24. St Johns GAC, Castlewellan £ 80,000
  25. St Mary’s GFC, Devenish £ 26,695
  26. St Mary’s GAC, Killyclogher £ 85,000
  27. Saval GAC, Newry £ 90,000
  28. Silverbridge Harps GA & Social Club £ 60,000
  29. Strabane Sporting Club £ 59,536
  30. Watty Graham’s GAC, Maghera £ 60,000
  31. Woodvale Cricket & Athletic Association £ 84,595

Community Sport Programme

This programme aims to enable as many people as possible to take part in sport by assisting community based organisations with the development of sports facilities. The projects allocated funding are:

  1. Carnlough Play Action Team £ 57,475
  2. Greysteel Community Enterprises £100,000
  3. Monkstown ABC £ 97,795
  4. Newbuildings Community & Environmental
  5. Association £ 70,000
  6. Owenkillew Development Co Ltd, Gortin £ 36,000

Performance Facilities Programme

This programme supports the creation of regionally or nationally significant sports facilities for training and competition for use by those wishing to improve and fulfil their potential in sport. The projects allocated funding are:

  1. Irish Table Tennis Association £ 26,442
  2. Northern Ireland Volleyball £ 17,633
  3. Salto Gymnastics Centre, Lisburn £299,765

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