Bradley expresses disappointment over Coleraine FC’s £16m funding bid

MLA Maurice Bradley has this evening expressed his disappointment that Coleraine Football Club has not been included in round two of the Levelling Up Fund.

In a statement this evening Bradley said: “I’m disappointed that Coleraine Football Club has not been included this time around but I’m still hopeful that they’ll get the money in the third round, even though that will slow down the building of the Showgrounds.

“I would pay tribute to Bobby Farren and the Stadium Development team at Coleraine Football Club, for bringing forward an exciting and futuristic project which, as far as I am aware, received favourable support at Westminster.

He went on to say: “Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council had a linked bid for leisure facilities at Coleraine and Ballycastle. I am delighted that Ballycastle were awarded £8.1m but disappointed that there was nothing for the Council area’s principal town of Coleraine.

“Overall, good news for Northern Ireland from our government in Westminster. One can only hope that worthy projects that have missed out this time round will be successful in the third traunch of Levelling Up Funding. Perhaps feedback on why both major Coleraine projects were not successful will help future bids”, he said.

In a statement Coleraine FC said :

“THE Chair and Board of Coleraine Football Club acknowledge today’s announcement by the UK Government for round two of the Levelling Up Fund…

Whilst our diligent, robust and strategic application was unsuccessful in this highly competitive round, we understand additional opportunities are due to be published and the club remains committed to the delivery of its development plans.”