Construction work has progressed at the site of the new Clann Eireann Youth Club in Lurgan.
The club is open seven days per week and has been in existence since 1953 delivering a range of programmes including community relations, anti-bullying and drug and alcohol awareness.
Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Education said: “It is a pleasure to be here to see progress on the new build for Clann Eireann Youth Club.
“Such facilities provide young people with a safe and friendly environment to develop their own individual skills which can have a positive impact on their local communities.
“Youth organisations also give children and young people the chance to discuss and debate issues of interest to them and meet other young people who share their interests or who are from different backgrounds.
“The new club will ensure a quality youth provision for the area for the next 25 years and beyond. I look forward to seeing the newly completed club and wish all involved well for the future.”
Work to build the new youth club is expected to complete early in 2019.
SDLP councillor Declan McAlinden praised all those involved in securing funding as he attended the sod-cutting event earlier today.