State-of-the-art base for gifted athletes

Tánaiste Simon Coveney officially opening the €19m Kerry Sports Academy with, from left, Cllr Jim Finucane, Lionel Alexander, Catherine Carty, Minister of State Brendan Griffin , Mayor of Kerry Cllr Norma Foley, Dick Spring, Brid McElligott and Denis Ogie Moran.
Picture: Domnick Walsh

A NEW €19 million Kerry Sports Academy was today officially opened by Tanaiste Simon Coveney who noted that it will be used by all sports lovers and it will allow able and disabled athletes to prepare and compete at the highest level.

Located at the Institute of Technology, Tralee the state-of-the-art facility has been designed to address the needs of paralympic level athletes, as well as opening up a world of opportunities and accessibility to sports and recreation for people with disabilities.

Construction commenced in 2017 and the then Taoiseach, Enda Kenny turned the first sod in March of that year.

The Academy is located in the North Campus of the IT and it will provide health and leisure programmes for students and sports fitness projects as well as actively promoting inclusion.

It will be used for a range of groups including the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport Fitness and Recreation, the National Centre for Adapted Physical Activity, Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann and the Kerry GAA.

The Academy facilities includes an international sized indoor sports arena, a hydrotherapy suite and massage suites,a high performance gym, teaching classrooms, meeting facilities.meeting rooms, a recreation area and aerobic and dance studios.

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