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Sports Clubs And Community Groups Call For Better Facilities In Blessington

Blessington AFC, Blessington Rugby FC, The Lakeshore Striders running club and the Community Pool for West Wicklow campaign have joined forces to call for the inclusion of a multi-use sports complex with facilities for a range of sports at one location to be included in the new Blessington Local Area Plan.

Community Pool for West Wicklow Chairperson Deirdre McCormack explained the urgent need for the development of these facilities in the town.

“Our community here in Blessington is growing and more and more people, especially children and young people, are getting involved with our local sports clubs. This is something that we as a community should be embracing and encouraging but our clubs are under pressure because of the lack of local facilities. When we brought the Swim Ireland Pop-Up Pool to Blessington in 2022 we had 600 children a week learning how to swim but since it left many of these children don’t have access to a swimming pool anymore and their participation in sport has stopped.

It is imperative that the development of a multi-use sports complex with a swimming pool, football and rugby pitches and a running track is included in the upcoming Blessington Local Area Plan so that everyone in our community can access and participate in sports locally.”

The Blessington Local Area Plan is currently in a pre-draft submission period which will close at 4pm on Wednesday April 3rd 2024.

Members of the public can make submission online or in person to the Wicklow County Council Planning Department.

Details can be found here

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