MINISTER of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, TD has announced €70,000 funding for a ‘sports hub’ in Ballinrobe.
The funding is part of a €128,000 boost for sport and physical activities in Mayo through the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The development of a new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub (CSPAH) in Ballinrobe will mean that Mayo will be the only county in Ireland with two hubs, the first is based in Ballyhaunis.
According to the Minister, the hub will see a new sports network developed for Ballinrobe. The aim is to develop a new walkway, roll out cricket training and coaching sessions, ‘come and try it’ weekends and participation programmes.
Speaking to The Mayo News about the hub, Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert (pictured) said it’s about a ‘coming together of groups and organisations’. Asked if there will be a designated site for the hub, Lambert said there may not be a ‘physical building’.
“It will look at getting people more active, sharing of information and resources, providing timetables for organisations, training for all sports organisations. Also, there will be help with funding applications and working on a collaborative basis,” explained Lambert, adding that a part-time sports coordinator may be appointed.
“We’re looking at getting more women in sport, older people, to engage the Ballinrobe community, a park run maybe, cricket coaching, additional opportunities,” he added.
Sports groups and organisations around Ballinrobe are invited to attend an information evening in Tacú Family Resource Centre on Monday next.
Meanwhile, €35,000 has been allocated for the further development of the existing CSPAH in Ballyhaunis; €13,333 for Mayo’s Community Coaching Programme, along with €10,000 for Mayo’s Youth Leadership Programme.