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NICSSA raise the game at Stormont

NICSSA raise the game at Stormont

29 June 2010

The Northern Ireland Civil Service Sports Association (NICSSA) is developing new facilities costing £2.4m at itís site situated at the Pavilion, Stormont.

Sport Northern Ireland (SNI) is providing funding of £1,209,391 towards the project and NICSSA with the help of Bank of Ireland are raising the remaining funds. The facility, due to open in July 2010, is aimed at providing local clubs, youth groups and schools with a state of the art facility which includes synthetic all weather pitches including an international level water based hockey pitch, a multi use astro-turf pitch (sand dressed) and a range of third generation pitches for training and matches. The facility will be complemented with changing facilities, office accommodation and conference areas.

The first of its kind in Belfast, PlayBall will also create an additional 8 jobs in total bringing the number employed by NICSSA to 35 at the Pavilion, Stormont.

PlayBall will be open to the general public and NICSSA are keen to encourage the local community to come along and use the facility. Kieran McGarrigle, the new Business Development Manager for PlayBall says;

"Demand is already high, we have received a huge amount of interest from schools, youth groups, hockey clubs and both professional and amateur football clubs making enquiries and bookings - we believe that these excellent facilities will allow more people to become involved with sport and enjoy the absolute best that pitch technology has to offer all year round."

The PlayBall team is also receiving interest from corporate parties hoping to secure sponsorship opportunities. According to Kieran,

'We anticipate these new pitches will attract large numbers of visitors, which in turn ensures that they will be a viable commercial opportunity for businesses hoping to target its users.'

As major funders of this elite facility, Sport Northern Ireland is reinforcing its commitment to the development of sport at all levels. Speaking on its involvement with this project, Sport Northern Ireland Chief Executive Eamonn McCartan commented;

"As the lead agency for developing sport in Northern Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland is committed to providing opportunities for people to participate in sport. Quality, accessible facilities are essential in encouraging people of all ages and abilities to take part in regular physical activity and sport. This investment demonstrates Sport Northern Ireland's commitment to improving and creating new facilities which will help support increased participation, develop sporting talent, and ultimately a legacy of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport. The facility represents an opportunity to develop participation from grass roots right through to higher levels of sporting excellence."

PlayBall is due to open July 2010, to enquire or make a booking please contact (028) 9076 5770 or visit for further information.

For further press information please contact The PlayBall Marketing Team on (028) 9076 5770.

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