Hospital Road MUGA improvements launched at Schools Football Competition

Published: 29th June 2015

The newly upgraded Hospital Road multi-use games area (MUGA) was the venue for this year’s inter-schools football competition organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Pupils from Dunmullan, Gillygooley, Omagh County, Cooley, Gibson and Omagh Integrated Primary Schools took part in the football competition on Friday 19 June 2015 under the supervision of a Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Active Communities Coach.

The Hospital Road MUGA, which was developed at a cost of £60,000 and funded by Peace III in 2010, has recently had floodlights and catch nets installed at a total cost of £26,000 by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, resulting in the MUGA now being a state-of-the-art all year round facility.

The primary school children had a fun day out at the inter-schools football competition, competing for various prizes. Omagh Integrated Primary School was named the winning team and received the Winner’s Trophy while Cooley Primary School and Omagh County Primary School received medals for coming second and third respectively. Jessica Cuthbertson from Cooley Primary School was awarded Best Girl, Ben Kelly from Omagh Integrated Primary School was awarded Best Boy and Cameron Crook from Omagh County Primary School was named Top Goal Scorer.

Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Regeneration and Community Committee, Councillor Errol Thompson, presented the school pupils with their prizes on the day and expressed his delight at the turnout for the competition and the upgrading of the MUGA.

Commenting on the enhancements to the Hospital Road MUGA, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“The Hospital Road MUGA is extremely well utilised. The installation of the floodlights has provided extended hours of usage in the evenings and the netting is a great asset to the pitch, reducing interruptions to games from the ball being kicked into the adjoining carpark or into the river.

I am delighted that the people of Hospital Road, who have worked the Council to get the floodlights and catch nets installed, are now reaping the rewards for their efforts. The Hospital Road MUGA is now a first class facility for the people of the area and beyond.”

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