Cullybackey scores a MUGA

The new state-of-the-art Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Cullybackey is officially finished and ready for use.

The £350,000 investment, 75% of which was externally funded, boasts an innovative surface suitable for a range of sports, a basketball area, a bespoke children’s play area and a new access route to the amenity.

The new features are part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s suite of Village Renewal Projects which will see a total of £2.5m invested in 18 sites across the local area.

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Speaking on a visit to the new Cullybackey facility, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “I am delighted to welcome this considerable addition to the already impressive range of leisure facilities available across the borough. “Exercise, playtime and relaxation are incredibly important for us all and this exciting development gives people an ideal opportunity to get out, try something new and get active.

“Council is committed to the health and well-being of our residents and these facilities provide a range of activities to help us all stay fit and busy on our own or with friends and family.”

The two-year Village Renewal Programme has been funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development.

The initiative has provided a range of new installations and improvements including additional Pontoons at Portglenone Marina, a new Play Park in Broughshane, a Sports Pavilion for Kells and Connor, and a new Woodland Park in Ahoghill.