Sport NI to spend £17.5m on facilities

first_img Tagged with: Funding Northern Ireland sport Sport NI to spend £17.5m on facilities About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sport Northern Ireland has announced a new plan to invest £17.5 million of its National Lottery funding into sports facility projects over the next five years.The funding will be allocated to sports organisations who want to improve their facilities and has three strands:1. Single Facility: single-sport facilities which seek to increase participation within the club structure2. Multi Facility: multi-sport facilities which seek to increase participation across local communities3. Performance Facility: performance sport facilities which meet the needs of community participants and high performance athletes within the same multi-sport environment.Sport Northern Ireland will deliver a number of workshops beginning at the end of May, specifically for the Single Facility strand to support potential applicants through the application process. Details of these workshops are outlined on the Sport NI website.Speaking about the new Facility Fund, Brian Henning, Sport Northern Ireland Chair said:“This investment will continue to develop facilities for sporting communities, clubs and athletes and ensure that the people of Northern Ireland can enjoy, engage and excel in sport for many years to come.”Photo: Sports balls by Kim Reinick on Shutterstock.comcenter_img Howard Lake | 24 May 2015 | News  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisementlast_img read more

Central New York natives Boltus, Lynch connect on game-winning goal

first_imgNow what?Jovan Miller sat back in his seat, arms folded. His white No. 23 jersey was still his outfit of choice. His eye black still present high on his cheekbones.Following a 9-8 double overtime loss to Army, Miller was joined by John Galloway, Cody Jamieson and Tim Harder at the press conference table. The others wore street clothes, as Miller looked ready to play another half of lacrosse.He simply couldn’t bring himself to disrobe. ‘It hasn’t even hit me yet, that is why I still got my jersey on,’ Miller said. ‘It is just one of those things you just don’t have the words for it.’Miller lacked the words for it because, well, he and the rest of the Syracuse juniors had never experienced a post-season loss until Sunday night. The Orange was 8-0 in tournament play since a loss to the University of Virginia in 2006.Coming into the season questions swirled around the Syracuse squad. They graduated the core of their midfield and everyone wondered how they would replace Kenny Nimms, Dan Hardy and Matt Abbott.The Orange answered and lost just one game all season by one goal. After the shocking loss to Army, head coach John Desko wanted to make sure his team realized the success they did have all season.‘You are going to look back on your season and say hey, you lost two games by two goals,’ Desko said. ‘So even though it stings and it hurts right now, the season’s over with and it’s time to reflect on their accomplishments and what they should be proud of.’But for the moment, it was impossible to be proud. Miller couldn’t take his jersey off. Galloway couldn’t help but think about getting back on the field.Even if that chance is a year away.‘There is no easy way to put it into words,’ Galloway said. ‘The seniors did a great job leading us here. But the bottom line is we are getting ready for next year and that is what the focus will be tomorrow.’ It was not the typical Syracuse connection that put an end to a thrilling game in the Carrier Dome Sunday — but it certainly was a Syracuse connection.Jeremy Boltus (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) found Devin Lynch (Skaneateles, N.Y.) on the doorstep of the Orange goal with five seconds left in the second overtime to give Army the 9-8 shocker of a win over No. 2 seed SU.For the Central New York native-Lynch, the wins don’t come much sweeter than this one.‘To be able to do something like this, it’s truly amazing,’ he said after the Black Knights’ frenzied celebration had concluded. ‘It’s a moment that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.’Lynch and Boltus weren’t the only local Cadets to have a major influence on the Army win. Bill and Tim Henderson, brothers from Tully, N.Y., combined for eight ground balls and five caused turnovers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTim wreaked havoc in the middle third of the field, gobbling up the majority of his six ground balls after faceoffs. When Syracuse midfielder Josh Amidon’s shot sailed wide with one minute left in the second overtime, it was Bill who beat SU’s Chris Daniello to the end line to give the Black Knights their final possession.But it was the consistent heroics of Boltus and Lynch that stole the show. The duo finished with two goals and an assist apiece. Boltus’ second goal tied the score at eight in the fourth quarter. Lynch’s first score beat the buzzer at the end of the second quarter on what Army head coach Joe Alberici called the ‘most critical play of the game.’ All that before the local pair combined to end Syracuse’s title defense.‘It’s really been what they’ve done for us all year,’ Alberici said. ‘(Boltus) has been the quarterback of our offense. He has the ability to make everybody else better and he was doing that again.‘What (Lynch) has given us is his tremendous speed. I just call him kind of sneaky. All the sudden you look and he’s got a goal or two … The upstate guys, I’m just really happy for them.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ [email protected]   Comments The second time aroundArmy head coach Joe Alberici made sure the number 18 was etched into his team’s memory after a 12-7 loss to Syracuse on Feb. 28.Eighteen. That was how much the Black Knights lost the ground ball battle against the Orange earlier this season. So to make sure his team would not let that happen again, Alberici started every practice for the next week doing 18 ground balls.‘That was not acceptable for us,’ Alberici said. ‘This time we out-ground-balled them by four which gives us a little possession. You cannot score against Syracuse unless you have a ton of possession.’Alberici’s blatant message was well received by his squad. Army not only out-ground-balled the Orange, but the extra possessions led to a tired Syracuse defense, a rushed Syracuse offense and a huge upset in favor of the Black Knights.As Army scooped up loose ball after loose ball, it appeared as if the entire game took place in front of the Syracuse net. This took a toll on Orange goalkeeper John Galloway and his defense. And Syracuse head coach John Desko was quick to point out how the possession domination affected his offense, as well.‘It didn’t seem like we could get a good possession on our end of the field,’ Desko said. ‘When we got it we were in a hurry to force it and make something happen and it played into their game plan.’And ground balls were not the only adjustment Army made coming off the early season loss. In that match-up senior attack Chris Daniello killed Army, tallying four goals. It was a performance that earned Daniello extra attention this time around.‘The kid is a first or second team All American,’ Alberici said. ‘That wasn’t apparent to us in the first game. So I thought it was pretty critical when we put Billy on him and Chris didn’t score, so I thought that was critical for us.’ Published on May 17, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more