Great coverage from our friends in The Tuam Herald this week. There has been a massive outpouring of enthusiasm and support for the plans since we launched the video at the weekend and which has reached nearly 40,000 people so far across all social media channels. We will need to raise 25% of the costs from private channels so we will be looking for real support in the coming weeks & months. The West is Awake! Please click here if you would like to be part of this great 100 year project www.ifundraise.ie/4418_we-are-tuam-community-sports-facility.html...
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We Are Tuam Community Sports Facility A 30 acre parcel of land within the Tuam town boundary has been identified as the preferred site for the proposed community focused sports facility which will serve the youth, schools, clubs and people of North Galway.
This ambitious project sees the coming together of five key sports in the community, bringing an innovative approach of shared grounds for the multi-sports arena, which is being flagged by Central Government as a blueprint for all future large scale sporting developments across Ireland.
We are Tuam, made up of @Tuam Athletic Club Tuam AC Juveniles Tuam Camogie Club TUAM/CORTOON LADIES FOOTBALL, together with Tuam Stars GAA Club @Tuam Rugby Football Club has recently agreed to purchase this site adjoining both Stars and Rugby’s existing grounds, subject to the usual planning and site investigation procedures.
This site represents the optimal location for this new community sports facility given its proximity to lands already in sporting use and the direct connectivity it offers to the town, schools, residential areas, businesses and retail centres.
It a huge step forward for the project which is expected to bring a substantial annual increase in footfall to local businesses while helping to turn the area into a sporting Mecca and centre of excellence in the West of Ireland
Pierce O’Callaghan, Spokesperson for We Are Tuam said: “Bringing five clubs together has enabled us to pool our resources and work in synergy towards a common goal; Building an enviable sports facility with a true community focus that will benefit not just the clubs directly involved but also the neighbouring schools, businesses and communities at large.”
He continued: “This facility will offer additional attraction to large scale companies and factories looking to locate/expand in the West as well creating its own unique employment opportunities. Our three clubs have over 1000 members between them yet no-where to call home. Building this facility will secure the future of our clubs for generations to come as well as the huge knock on effect to the other clubs and people in our town.”
Gerry Bodkin, Chairman of Tuam Stars said: “Tuam Stars has been hoping to grow our facilities for years given the increase in underage football and extra demand on existing pitches. Joining forces with Tuam Rugby and We Are Tuam and integrating our growth into this community project provides a perfect opportunity.”
The community sports arena will boast an international standard athletics stadium with covered seating, four GAA pitches, one rugby pitch, a full size all-weather GAA pitch, floodlighting, indoor arena as well as a green lung cycle and walkway, and shared club house and changing rooms. A 3D video projection of the proposed facility can be viewed on www.wearetuam.ie
This facility is eligible for funding under the newly created Sports Capital Infrastructure Fund for substantial Regional Development but significant private funds must be raised for both the purchase of the land and match funding.