Sligo Rovers have announced a successful application for LEADER Programme funding to prepare a masterplan to assess all aspects of the football club and infrastructural development.

The application process began last year, with the club receiving confirmation of its success recently.

Sligo Rovers have since began a tender process to create the masterplan – which will be of multiple cost of the strategic plan created in 2017 and a result significantly more detailed.        

A total of 12 applications were received, with Rhatigan Architects winning the tender based on specifications required and set out.

Rhatigan Architects have experience of developing a number of masterplans for the likes of IT Sligo, Ballyhaise Agriculture College, as well as developing dedicated sports facilities such as Sligo racecourse.

The masterplan will examine the external environment for the football club, such as economic conditions in the country and Irish football.

Internally, footballing performance and structures, underage structures, quality and extend of promotional campaigns of the club and reach of community, with potential growth areas, will also be examined.

Infrastructural development based on a benefit to the community of Sligo and the west of Ireland will be a key component of the masterplan.

The grant will cover a substantial part of the cost of the masterplan, with the club set to use the upcoming Annual Draw for part of the rest of the cost.

Sligo Rovers chairman Tommy Higgins said: “We are delighted to secure the LEADER Programme funding for this project which is vital for the future of the football club. The funding will allow for creation for a thorough and detailed masterplan.