Minister Martin Cullen has welcomed the allocation of an additional €120,000 for work on the Sacred Heart sports development in Waterford.

His colleague Éamon Ó Cuív, Minister for Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has issued the funding as part of a top-up for RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development) area projects previously successful under the 2008 Sports Capital Programme National Lottery allocations last July.

Being provided by Waterford City Council, the €1.5m Sacred Heart complex will cater for a number of soccer and GAA clubs based in the city. The facility will include changing and shower rooms, exercise rooms, physical education rooms and a work-out space.

To date the development has received grants totalling €600,000 under the Sports Capital Programme, which is administered by Mr Cullen’s Department: €200,000 in 2005 and a further €400,000 last summer.

Among the clubs and organisations that will benefit from the new facility are De La Salle FC, Johnville FC, St. Josephs FC, Red Star FC, Tycor FC, Sacred Heart GAA Club, Benfica FC and both the Waterford Schoolboys and Waterford Schoolgirls Leagues.