Thursday, 17 June 2010

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Yesterday I officially opened the newly refurbished Tollymore National Outdoor Centre at Bryansford, in the foothills of the Mournes.  This iconic building, which received £5m investment from my department through sport NI, is a state of the art national centre that is fit for the 21st century and as good, if not better, than the national centres elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

The centre provides a wide range of course such as rock cluimbing, canoeing, hill walking, mountain biking, orienteering, coasteering and mountaineering to individuals, groups and organisations at all levels.

I was pleased to see that the centre also supplements its income by offering its facilities to the corporate market.  This will help the sustainability of the centre and with such excellent facilities and a stunning location it should be very attractive to that market.

I was joined at the opening by Dominic Walsh, the chair of Sport NI, Dawson Stelfox, who was involved in the overall design, and Helen Skelton, from Blue Peter.

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