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Wednesday 1 October 2014

FAI Chief gives Tiglin pitch the thumbs up

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:44

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CEO Tiglin, Phil Thompson with FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney and Chairman Tiglin, Aubrey McCarthy.

FAI CHIEF Executive John Delaney gave the new all weather pitch at Tiglin the thumbs up on Friday after visiting the Rehab Centre.

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Tiglin provides individuals with an effective and comprehensive solution to life-controlling addiction problems. The Centre currently caters for 30 males and 12 females with the waiting list growing all the time.

Former Irish international and Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland player, Niall Quinn, offically opened the new pitch back in November.

John Delaney also took in a morning football match between Tiglin residents and a team from Shelton Abbey during his Wicklow visit.

He was full of praise for the new pitch.

'Tiglin have a fantastic pitch here in Ashford. It's a great way for the residents of Tiglin to bond with each other. Exercise is important to have in our daily lives so if you're going through a stressful time, it's also a great way to wind down. I'm very impressed with the facility.'

Residents at Tiglin typically spend ten months at the Ashford centre, after which six months is spent in a re-entry house in County Kildare. The centre provides general support to residents and doesn't just focus on addressing their substance abuse.

Residents also complete practical modules in horticulture, cookery, crafts and money management skills and take turns managing different parts of the house.

Phil Thompson, CEO of Tiglin Rehab Centre, says the new pitch is already proving a great asset.

'It's important for our residents to get daily exercise and although the weather hasn't been the best lately, the pitch is still getting great use in-between the rain. Soccer and basketball are also played on the pitch and circuit training takes place once a week so the pitch is most definitely being used to its fullest capacity.'

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