Fifteen of the 27 projects assessed by Sport Northern Ireland under the Elite Facilities Capital Programme are to proceed to stage two of the competition.

Commenting on Wednesday 05 September, Sports Minister, Edwin Poots MLA said: “I am pleased that the process is moving forward although there is still some way to go. The 15 applicants will have a three month period to prepare outline business cases, which will be assessed by Sport Northern Ireland and the Department for Finance and Personnel. A further selection process will then take place and those successful will be invited to proceed to the construction stage.

“The funding for the Elite Facilities Capital Programme is subject to approval by the Department of Finance and Personnel.

“At this stage no timetable for the run out of this part of the programme has been developed but the underlying objective of the entire Elite Facilities Programme is to have all the proposed facilities built and operational by the end of 2010.

“The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has given Northern Ireland an opportunity to improve its sporting facilities and DCAL is working with Sport Northern Ireland to take forward the development of facilities which will create a legacy for future generations.

“In the run up to the Games, I am committed to raising the level of sport, to getting the right facilities in place and to ensuring that young people in Northern Ireland have the opportunity to get involved in sport from an early age.”


Name of Applicant, Sports Involved
University of Ulster – Fencing
Belfast City Council – Cycling (Track), Fencing, Table tennis & Volleyball
Craigavon Borough Council – Rowing & Canoeing
Lisburn City Council – Basketball & Volleyball
Carrickfergus Sailing Club – Sailing
Antrim Borough Council – Athletics
Down District Council – Cycling (Track)
Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast – Fencing
Belfast City Council – Athletics
Coleraine Academical Institution –
Rowing (indoor)
McAleer and Rushe Ltd – Tennis
Salto, Lisburn – Gymnastics
Adfinch Merchants Ltd – Cycling (Track)
Meadows Equestrian Centre, Portadown – Equestrian
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor – Sailing

Newforge Country Club (Belfast) – Hockey
Derry City Council – Basketball, Boxing, Fencing & Judo
Lisburn Racquets Club – Badminton
Dungannon Rifle & Pistol Club – Shooting
Newtownabbey Borough Council- Taekwondo
NI Civil Service Sports Assoc (Belfast) – Hockey
Rathgael Gymnastics and Trampoline Club – Gymnastics
Comber Rifle Club and Hollow Farm Ltd. – Shooting
Newtownabbey Borough Council – Boxing
Southern Education & Library Board (Portadown) – Volleyball
Queens University Belfast – Rowing
Countryside Access and Activities Network NI (Larne) – Cycling (mountain-biking)

In addition to those above not short listed parts of the University of Ulster and Coleraine Academical Institutions applications were also not short listed.

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