SLIGO ROVERS are to press ahead with a major development project at the Showgrounds following confirmation of a €295,000 grant under the Sports Regional Capital Programme.
The scheme, which will be completed within months, will include the refurbishment of the all-weather facility at the Showgrounds, the improvement of the playing surface and the provision of a new grass training pitch at the Showgrounds.
It's the perfect Christmas present for Rovers at the end of one of the most successful years in the club's history.
"It will allow us to make solid medium and long term plans", said Club Chairman, Dermot Kelly.
"The work will be completed within months and when completed the Showgrounds will have infrastructure and facilities, including the Railway End Stand, which will allow the club to function and develop as a model community-based club for many years"
The Chairman thanked those who had supported the application, particularly Fine Gael TD, Tony McLauighlin, a founding and long serving member of Rovers Development Committee.
Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, visited the Showgrounds on a number of occasions in the past year and witnessed at first hand the passion the club generates in all corners of the region.
There was also active support for Rovers application from all Oireachtas members in the Constituency.
"This is the perfect Christmas present for the volunteers and supporters who have kept the club going through thick and thin", said Dr. Kelly.
"In the same way, that Capital funding has helped Connacht rugby to move to a new level, this grant aid allows Sligo Rovers to establish solid foundations as the leading soccer centre in Connacht and the North West. It's a new challenge but also a new phase of opportunity" The Chairman paid tribute to Packie Lynch, Kevin Colreavy and Noel Scott for their work in meticulously preparing the club's funding application. He thanked the range of community groups and the wider football family who supported the proposal