CORK Institute of Technology (CIT) and Athletics Ireland have welcomed €9 million in funding for a state of the art athletics facility at the Cork college.
The funding allocation was revealed as part of a €77.4 million grant announced by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross.
Funding of €9.225 million will go towards an indoor athletics facility at CIT, home to a new high-performance facility, which will include an indoor running track, along with pole vault and jump areas.
The completed €22.9m development will include a two-storey multi-purpose sports arena, which will house eight courts, fitness studios, a health and fitness facility, along with dressing rooms.
President of CIT, Dr Barry O’Connor, welcomed the funding and said the development is a huge boost for sport in Cork.
“We are delighted to announce this development which will be a massive boost for not only athletics, but all sport in Cork, the surrounding community, and across Munster generally and the surrounding community.
“We look forward to working with Athletics Ireland in ensuring this facility will help to inspire future generations of athletes towards greatness for many years to come,” he added.
“This investment, combined with the commitment of €12 million of our own resources to the new CIT Arena, will result in over €22 million state of the art sports resource for Cork Institute of Technology, which, as always, will be shared with the sports community across Munster.
“The recent opening of the Kerry Sports Academy by our MTU partners IT Tralee will complement developments here in Bishopstown and will secure the Munster Technological University as a unique resource for ensuring sport and wellness are to the fore in our new technological university,” said Dr O’Connor.
Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams described the announcement as a huge step forward in the development of not only athletics in Cork but for sport in the region.
“The exciting plans we have for this facility in conjunction with CIT will create opportunities for all.”
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