Moy community group on cue with snooker club venture
A former derelict reading room in Moy has been transformed into a state-of-the-art snooker club thanks to a unique community and good relations project in the village.
Located at Jockey Lane, the venture by Moy Area Community and Development Association (MACADA) has been facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) Programme and has already attracted 40 members eager to enjoy the new facilities.
Using funds provided by the bric Programme, MACADA has been able to completely rejuvenate the previously unused building and furnish it with two full size snooker tables that can be availed of by members from 9am to 11pm every day of the week.
A spokesperson for Moy Area Community and Development Association, said the group’s involvement with the bric Programme and assistance from the Housing Executive had resulted in the project being an enormous boost to the whole village.
“The support from the Housing Executive, the bric Programme and the local community and clergy have been integral in making this project such an overwhelming success.
“The reaction to the snooker club has been fantastic but we are looking forward to welcoming even more members and I would encourage everyone in the area to avail of these fantastic facilities.
“Bookings can be made via our website www.macada.org.uk and it really is a great way to spend a few hours with friends and neighbours in a very relaxed and friendly environment.”
Kerry McIvor, bric Programme Manager, said the snooker club is just one of over 80 projects being facilitated throughout Northern Ireland by the programme.
“The bric Programme is currently involved in a range of training activities, community events and reimaging projects across the province.
“We are delighted to be involved with MACADA and have been overwhelmed by their positive and highly innovative use of funds that will see the whole village benefit from the new snooker club.
“The bric Programme revolves around a central theme of the cultivation and building of human relations and community spirit and this venture in Moy certainly fulfils that very important criteria.
“On behalf of everyone involved with the bric Programme I wish MACADA all the very best with the snooker club and pass on my sincere thanks to the group, the Housing Executive, local community and everyone who has helped make this very ambitious project a wonderful reality.”
Michelle Hazlett, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, said:
“The support of the bric Programme and the hard work of the Moy Area Community and Development Association have been invaluable in making this initiative such a success.
“The Housing Executive is proud to be involved with the bric Programme and the invaluable work it does to help empower local communities to achieve their goals of creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life.”