If funding to develop a natural grass pitch for Corrib Rangers Football Club is to be secured, the club needs the support of the Galway City Council to make an application.
This is the view of Labour city councillor Billy Cameron, who is calling for a meeting on the future development of the Corrib Park Phase 2 development in order to advance the issue ahead of February’s deadline for the Sports Capital Grants.
Cllr Cameron wants the meeting to involve the parks department of the Galway City Council, a delegation of Corrib Rangers FC, and the four local councillors - Billy Cameron, Colette Conneely, Pádraig Conneely, and Ollie Crowe.
The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports organisations. It will be open to applications from tomorrow until February 28
“Corrib Rangers can meet all the necessary conditions but need to make a joint application with the Galway City Council,” said Cllr Cameron. “This is why I have asked for a meeting ASAP, in order to meet the rapidly approaching deadline.”
According to Cllr Cameron, it must be a joint application because of the current licensing conditions which the council has in place, as opposed to leasing agreements which would allow clubs make individual applications.
The Galway City Central councillor said Corrib Rangers has sufficient funds to leverage €500,000 from the Sports Capital Programme and develop a natural grass pitch. This would complement the UEFA mini pitch and 3G all weather pitch which are now in full operation.