A new, £468,000 third generation (3G) pitch has been opened at Tandragee Recreation Centre.
The floodlit, artificial grass pitch was built on the site of a disused games area.
To mark the occasion and in preparation for their 2014 Milk Cup campaign, the County Armagh under 15 Milk Cup squad took part in a challenge match against Armagh City.
The Marie Curie Irish Cup, which was won by Glenavon FC in May, was also on show.
The pitch was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Armagh City and District Council Robert Turner along with Mr Gerry Lavery, under secretary at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).
They were joined by representatives from funders Armagh City and District Council, the Southern Organisation for Action in Rural Areas (SOAR) and DARD.
Cllr Turner said, “This is an outstanding new facility. Developing new grassroots facilities, such as these, are essential in increasing the number of people who have a chance to stay fit and healthy through participating in sport”.
Mr Lavery said it was hoped that the improvements to the facilities would provide a better service to the local population and encourage an increase in visitors and participants to the centre.
The Cusher councillors said, “We are delighted with this top-of-the range outdoor pitch which will offer year-round opportunities for both adults and young people to take part in sport. Not only will it help increase participation in football and outdoor sport, it will aid the development of grassroots football in local clubs.
“We are continuing to invest in our sporting facilities and this new pitch will provide opportunities to encourage new people to take part in physical activity and also encourage people who’ve played sport and perhaps stopped for whatever reason to take it up again.”
The main contractor on the project was Tony Patterson Sports Grounds and the consulting engineers were Taylor and Boyd.
To book the 3G pitch, contact Tandragee Recreation Centre on 028 3884 1110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.