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Ruane commends schools collaboration on sports facilities

27 June, 2008


Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane today attended the opening of the new state-of the-art sports facility at St Colman's Primary School in Annaclone, Banbridge.

Supported by The Big Lottery Fund, the new facility enables pupils to enjoy sports such as Gaelic, soccer, hurling and basket ball in all weathers.

Speaking at the launch Ms Ruane said:

"I would like to congratulate St Colman's on the first rate sporting facilities now available at their school. I was also impressed that the new facilities are to be shared with neighbouring schools ensuring that the benefits of this impressive new sports development are shared by all.

"It is vital that we encourage our children to lead happy, active and healthy lives. As part of my ongoing investment of sport in schools, last year I introduced a programme whereby primary schools were able to access the skills of coaches from both the GAA and IFA. This programme teaches children to learn basic game techniques and helps develop a life-long interest in sport.

"I would like to thank The Big Lottery Fund for their support with this project, enabling St Colman's to achieve these magnificent new facilities. I am sure they will be enjoyed by the children in the area for many years to come." ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

St Colman's will be sharing the new sporting facilities with St Mary's PS, Rathfriland, St Patrick's PS, Drumgreenagh and St Paul's PS, Cabra.

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