GREEN LIGHT FOR WORK START ON €600,000 ALL WEATHER PITCH
Workers are expected to begin on-site development of a new €600,000 all-weather pitch in Fermoy within weeks following the signing of contracts at Loreto Secondary School this week.
The contractor is confident of having work completed by June in order to have the facility fully operational for autumn and winter 2009. The all weather pitch will be located on the grounds of Loreto Secondary School and local schools can avail of the facility by arrangememt.
The much heralded facility will also be available for rent to local clubs and individuals at other hours. It will be run on a not for profit basis and the income from the pitch will be used to support the running cost and maintenance of the facility.
A full sized hockey pitch with flood lighting, the all weather facility can be divided into four sections to facilitate multiple uses at the same time.
At the contract signing ceremony in Loreto Secondary School Tom Collier, chairman of the pitch committee expressed his delight that the project was now approaching its final stages following three years of hard work to bring the idea to fruition.
He paid tribute to the other members of the committee, the people of Fermoy who supported the fundraising activities, the commercial sponsors of the pitch, Fermoy Hockey Club and the Loreto Order, school principal, teaching staff and parents of Loreto school for the use of their grounds.
Funding for the ambitious project has been financed by a National Lottery grant of €200,000 with most of the balance raised from fundraising activities over the past two years.
The local funds were raised through a combination of sales of €100 tickets for a monster raffle, rental of advertising hoardings on the pitch sideline and donations from individual members of the community. Cork County Council and Cork VEC also gave financial support to the project.
The committee would like to express their thanks to local politicians and all those who supported them. The level of local support for the project made a significant impact towards the positive outcome of the lottery application.
Friday 30th January 6:19pm