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October 28, 2014
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Central Queens Soccer Association receives funding to upgrade clubhouse

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

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The Central Queens Soccer Association has received $36,480 through the Island Community Fund to make upgrades to its soccer clubhouse, says Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Ron MacKinley.

“Sport and recreation opportunities are an important part of a healthy life and it is important that Government works with our local community groups to provide those opportunities across Prince Edward Island,” said Minister MacKinley. “Facilities, like this upgraded soccer clubhouse, encourage our youth to be active, participate in team activities and have fun outdoors.”

The Central Queens Clippers Soccer Association currently has a membership of 422 players. With this investment through the Island Community Fund, the Central Queens Soccer Association will renovate the kitchen, canteen, and washrooms; build a new deck; increase storage space; and upgrade its existing clubhouse to make it more wheelchair accessible.

“The Island Community Fund will allow the Central Queens Clippers Soccer Club to complete a major renovation of its thirty-year-old clubhouse. The enhanced social and recreational environment will promote club usage and a healthy active lifestyle in our local rural community, now and in the future,” said John Vanleeuwen, Chair of the Central Queens Soccer Association.

"The Province of Prince Edward Island is pleased to help support our local communities to develop recreational and sporting opportunities for all,” said Minister MacKinley. “Through the Island Community Fund, we are able to partner with a variety of organizations that share in our goal of enhancing the quality of life of Islanders. The Province of Prince Edward Island will continue to focus on investments that enhance our Island communities from tip to tip.”

Since 2009, the Island Community Fund has invested nearly $20 million to support more than 400 projects across the province, with a total project value of $67 million. From its inception, the Island Community Fund has approved approximately 98 recreational projects with a total contribution of over $4 million.

Media Contact: April Gallant
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