NORTH Tipperary VEC and Nenagh VS have been complimented by Cllr Seamus Morris for making sports facilities at the school available to the general public and local sports clubs.
“The facilities here are second to none,” he said at the January meeting of North Tipperary VEC at which members were given an update on the school’s building programme.
“You should be commended for making them available to the youth of this community,” he said.
Fine Gael’s Cllr Conor Delaney pointed out that Nenagh Town Council had provided E50,000 in its budget to develop the all-weather pitch that will form part of the Nenagh VS sports campus.
“That is a fantastic sum of money. We have to keep this running at a time when the VECs and the councils are being merged and the town council is being abolished. We must finish it off,” he said.
Cllr Delaney, who is a member of Sallypark FC, pointed out that the club currently had to train in Limerick and believed the all-weather pitch would be welcomed by many clubs in the Nenagh hinterland.
Labour’s Cllr Virginia O’Dowd said the issue would never have come before the council were it not for the VEC bringing it to them.
“This is a great example of Nenagh Town Council working with a local education committee,” she said, also pointng out that the council was soon to be abolished as part of local government reform.
She urged that other schools in the area also make their facilities availble to sports clubs.
Cllr Morris said that while the town council had set funding aside for the pitch, the important thing was that it showed the council’s commitment and dedication to an all-weather facility.
CEO David Leany said that the development of the pitch was almost “halfway there”, and that as the VEC committee was made up of representatives of the public, it was obvious that the facilities should be available to the public.
“We need an all-weather pitch for all-year round training because a team can’t train for six months of the year on grass in this country,” he said.
VEC chairman Willie Kennedy said the committee shouild be proud of its initiative and hoped it would benefit Nenagh VS.