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UCC launches extensive sports strategy

Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 3:20pm

It's been quite the few weeks for UCC who were crowned Collingwood, Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup champions on the playing field and now the university is rolling out a four year sports strategy.

Launched yesterday, the strategy has plans for a new UCC sports park in Curraheen, a new sporting club and a new sports participation programme.

150 guests were in attendance at the launch, including Olympian Paul O’Donovan and Mary Fitzgerald, who recently won three gold medals at the 2019 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games. The four year strategy was created after six months of consultation with UCC’s 55 sports clubs and the wider UCC and Cork sporting community. The plan outlines that UCC aims to “develop a new UCC Sports Park in Curraheen” to replace UCC’s present facilities at the Farm; a new sporting club, Sport for Life Club - Many Tribes-One Team, will be launched to connect players, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and alumni; a new #ActiveUCC sports participation programme will be launched; a UCC Sport Hall of Fame Day will become an annual fixture in UCC, while a new line of UCC Sport skull and crossbones branded apparel will be developed.

“Sport has long been the social language and currency of the city of Cork, its county and Munster,” said Professor John O’Halloran, Deputy President, UCC. “Sport is in our bones and pride is on our chest at UCC and we are proud to be part of such a rich sporting heritage.”

“This ambitious strategy is dedicated to unlocking the power of sport and physical activity across all areas of participation, representation and achievement,” commented Morgan Buckley, Director of Sport, UCC. “Sport brings people together.”

UCC has one of the highest rates of student participation in sports clubs among Irish universities, with a combined membership of over 4,000 students in sports clubs. The Mardyke, the home of sport and activity in UCC, will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2019.

“Sport and physical activity is a growing business globally worth over €90bn annually. We have a real opportunity to build new partnerships to develop sport in UCC. We will work with Sport Ireland, the Institute of Sport and national sports and agencies here in Cork. We are committed to providing world class facilities and a friendly, accessible sporting environment so that sport can be enjoyed at levels,” said Mr Buckley.

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