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Multi-use games area on its way to Keady?

A MULTI-use games area (MUGA) and Ball Wall could soon be coming to Keady.

SDLP Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon has asked officials within Armagh City and District Council to bring forward detailed plans for a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and Ball Wall for the recreation centre at St Patrick’s High School.

Councillor O’Hanlon explained: “At a meeting of the management board of the recreation centre in Keady back in June I raised the possibility of providing a multi-use games area and ball wall as part of the dual use scheme at Keady Recreation Centre and the issue was discussed again at our latest meeting in September.

“Keady Recreation Centre is well used by all communities and we need to build on the services offered at that site.  The provision of a MUGA (sample – main picture) would help accommodate groups interested in games such as soccer, tennis or basketball.”

He added: “In addition to this, I have asked that a Ball Wall be accommodated as part of the proposal.  Ball walls are quite common across Ireland and are primarily used by hurling and camogie clubs for training on.

“I have been approached by clubs locally whose own facilities are already overstretched and who would use a ball wall facility extremely well.

“At Monday’s statutory Council meeting, I asked officials to engage with the appropriate experts and bring forward a detailed scheme, including costs at the earliest opportunity. The Principal of St Patrick’s High School and the Management Board of the Recreation Centre have already expressed their support for the proposal, so I look forward to the proposals coming forwards at the earliest opportunity for further discussion.”

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