The new £5m leisure centre, which boasts three full size pitches, has been offically opened in Crumlin.
As well as children from Crumlin Integrated, pupils from St Joseph’s Primary Schools and Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach and CrumlinIntegrated College sampled some of the activities such as badminton, football and Tae Kwon do at the opening last Wednesday.
Mayor of Antrim councillor Brian Graham also attended the event as well as other councillors, officials and dignataries.
The new centre includes a new fitness suite featuring the latest in hi-tech fitness equipment, a full size sports hall suitable for netball, badminton, 5-a-side football and basketball, a minor hall for activities such as gymnastics, exercise and activity classes as well as two community conference rooms (funded by Grow South Antrim) suitable for dancing and which also feature a range of IT equipment and in-room kitchen facilities.
Mr Graham said, “There is no doubt that the new Crumlin Leisure Centre provides the community with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of sport and physical activity.
“We are extremely proud of the new facility, but it could not have been achieved without support of our partners Crumlin Young Farmers Club who played a pivotal role in releasing the land for the development of two of the 3G pitches; Grow South Antrim for the financial support and the project team of WDR & RT Taggart, Hawthorne Consulting, Semple McKillop and Woodvale Construction.”
Councillor Vera McWilliam, Chair of the GROW South Antrim commented, “This project was designed to meet the needs of Crumlin village and strengthen the community infrastructure.
“The increased space within the Leisure Centre has created additional facilities, particularly for young people and groups who had previously struggled to find somewhere to meet and hold activities.
“Thanks to the new facilities, this project will cater for the growing population of Crumlin.”
Antrim Borough Council has invested over £4.6m in the new centre,