New Atlantic Community Sports Hub for Lahinch

New Atlantic Community Sports Hub for Lahinch

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Mayor of Clare Cllr Tom McNamara will officially launch the Atlantic Community Sports Hub Lahinch today (Sunday).

This is a new initiative that aims to put sport at the centre of rural regeneration in Clare, by helping communities to come together to enjoy and participate in all forms of sport.

The Atlantic Community Sports Hub is a natural progression of the work undertaken by Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre (formerly Lahinch Development Association) for half a century, with the addition of outreach programmes bringing a new sporting skill set to communities and groups throughout the north west of the county, from a professional run base or hub in Lahinch.

The popular community and tourist facility will become the base for the sports hub providing quality infrastructure and space to run sports related programmes, as well as co-ordinating the outreach programmes.

The aim of the initiative is to maximise use of the resources and skills already in the centre and general community for the overall benefit of this rural region. A huge amount of work has been done to date by volunteers and communities across the region. A key objective of  The Atlantic Community Sports Hub Lahinch is to provide a forum where all involved in sports and activity and are committed to the future of the area, can collaborate, share ideas and be a stronger entity together.

The Hub in conjunction with Clare Sports Partnership will offer a series of programs, workshops and training supports in the area of health and fitness, sport skills development, nutrition, club development and community participation. Linking in with the best national and international practice will provide great benefit to the grass roots sporting organisations who ultimately deliver programmes to our rural community.

It will support community organisations, schools, groups and clubs who deliver facilities and services to the area in line with the objectives of the Clare Sport Partnership and the Clare Rural Development Strategy.

Mayor of Clare Cllr Tom McNamara describes the Atlantic Community Sports Hub Lahinch as a sports, social and community initiative that will benefit the health and well begin of the people of Lahinch and north west Clare area.

“The Atlantic Community Sports Hub Lahinch has the potential of not only providing expertise in the area of various sports, games and fitness to people of all ages, gender, ability and interests in this large, mainly rural area, but also has the potential to bring communities together in a positive and sociable atmosphere,” said the mayor.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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