Peace Link sports complex receives two prestigious awards
11 January 2016
​The Peace Link, a sports complex in Clones County Monaghan, with an ethos of ‘building relationships through sport’ was the recipient of two prestigious awards recently.

The complex represented Monaghan County Council at the Chambers Ireland ‘Excellence in Local Government Awards’ and went on to win an award in the ‘Supporting Active Communities’ category.

The facility also won the overall ‘Fitness Centre of the Year’ award at the annual Ireland White Flag Awards’ for excellence in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer engagement and HR.

The core aim of The Peace Link is to build better relationships between people in the Clones (Co. Monaghan) and Erne East (Co. Fermanagh) areas, using sport as the medium.

The centre opened in September 2014, and has facilities that include a 400m running track, sports pitches, accommodation for indoor sports and a state of the art gym.

A key funding element for the complex is the grant it receives via the Community Services Programme (CSP) for a manager and five full-time-equivalent salaries equating to €127,165 per annum. This funding ensures that the facility is managed and run efficiently, thus maximising the benefits of other public investment.

Pobal manages the Community Services Programme (CSP) on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) which includes appraising funding applications and re-contracting submissions, reviewing financial returns and business plans.

There are over 400 not-for-profit community businesses and social enterprises currently contracted under the programme. In 2015, CSP contributed to funding the salaries of over 2,500 staff in these organisations.

Acknowledging Pobal’s role in supporting The Peace Link, General Manager Fergal Corrigan said: “We would like to thank Pobal for the continued support that has aided us in these successes.”

Find out more about The Peace Link on their website.