Building set to start on €1.8m youth centre

WATERFORD’S reputation as a hive of sporting activity is getting a major boost, with work about to get under way shortly on a top-class youth and community centre in the city centre.

The Government’s latest grant of €685,000 will allow work to begin on the €1.8 million centre, located on Manor Street, according to local Fianna Fáil senator, Brendan Kenneally.

Facilities will include games and meeting rooms, a café, gym, health clinic, sauna, computer room and library. Senator Kenneally said the centre will house a number of education and anti-drugs projects, as well as the Waterford Youth Information Centre.

He said the scheme had now received a total of €1.3m from the Government, with the board of Waterford Regional Youth Service prepared to borrow €550,000 to make up the shortfall.

“Planning permission has been obtained and work should start in December.”

He said St Saviour’s Football Club and St Saviour’s Crystal Boxing Club have also been allocated €55,000 towards the renovation of their clubhouse and gym.

“The current building is an old scout den which needs a major revamp. It is planned to turn it into a modern and fully equipped clubhouse and gymnasium to meet the needs of local young people.

“It is vital that we provide young people with sports and recreational facilities so that they can develop their skills and talents in the right social environment.

“Sport enriches lives and bonds communities. It repels the spectre of anti-social behaviour which can grip our streets in an absence of proper outlets for our young people. We must never let up in our investment in youth facilities.”

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