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Funding boost for CK Sports Centre

Published: Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Manager Rory Kehoe and coach Gareth Moore with footballers at the CK Sports Centre, Skeoge Business Park
CK Sports Centre Football group
The CK Sports Centre in the Shantallow area of Derry~Londonderry will be enjoying a busy year of activities, thanks to funding we awarded as part of our Social Housing Enterprise programme.
The multi-purpose indoor sports centre received £10,000 from the programme, which delivers funding to individuals and groups who are providing a service to residents in our areas.
Based in Skeoge Business Park in the city, the centre has been managed by Don Bosco’s Football Club since the start of 2017. It provides a much-needed, affordable sports facility for young football players, sports enthusiasts and local residents.
Our funding has enabled the centre to employ a new part-time manager, Rory Kehoe, who will be co-ordinating sports programmes, supporting volunteers and managing the centre.
Since it was taken over by Don Bosco’s, the centre has opened its doors to a variety of community organisations and sports clubs including The Oxford Bulls FC - a football club founded by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, the Mickey Finn Kick Boxing Academy, and the IFA (Irish Football Association).
Martin Crumley, Chairperson of Don Bosco’s FC said:
“The funding from the Housing Executive has helped us create employment, co-ordinate a range of exciting sports programmes for children and provide opportunities for local residents to learn new skills such as first aid and football coaching qualifications. We want to give local young people new opportunities and teach them useful skills so that they will have greater self-belief and confidence.”
Martin described the club’s plans to expand its services to benefit many more local residents:
“While our main focus is on football for young people, we are keen to develop health programmes to benefit a large range of people. We aim to target groups such as unemployed people, older people, cross-community groups, schools, and many others. The number of Housing Executive tenants who could use our facilities is set to increase, and we want to be able to provide the services for them, while ensuring that any profits generated from CK Sport programmes are reinvested into the community.”
Thanks to our Social Housing Enterprise scheme, many projects across Northern Ireland have this year received grants totalling almost £500,000 for a range of social enterprise initiatives including cafés, arts and crafts workshops, learning and development, and furniture upcycling initiatives.
Paul Carland, manager progamme said:
“Social enterprises like the CK Sports Centre are often the focal point of a community, and our funding ensures they can continue to deliver much-needed services, sustain employment and support learning and development opportunities for local residents.”