Thomas Davis

SIF provided funding of over £1.9m for the construction of a permanent building that will provide valuable community space and modern facilities that will be used for the delivery of a much broader sports and community development remit and provide a more extensive range of community based sport and leisure activities. This includes the provision of dedicated community space, modern changing facilities for use by a range of youth and adult groups in conjunction with the existing grass sports pitch at Thomas Davis GFC.

Project Name:

Thomas Davis





Social Investment Fund Outcomes:

Increasing Community Services


Operational – Construction Complete

Funding awarded:


About the Project:

The Thomas Davis project aimed to improve access to community facilities, at Thomas Davis Gaelic Football Club (GFC).  The project recognised the importance that community sports facilities and local sports clubs play in community life. This project sought to provide vital community space, create opportunities for community development and promote healthy lifestyles through sport and physical exercise and the delivery of diversionary activities through youth development activities. 

The Thomas Davis project provided a two storey permanent building that will offer valuable community space and modern changing facilities delivering a much broader range of sports and community activities.  This facility will be used by a range of youth and adult groups in conjunction with the existing grass sports pitch. The facility also includes disabled access throughout.

The development will deliver significant benefits to the local areas including enhanced quality of facilities, positive impacts on physical environment, improved health and wellbeing and increased participation in physical activity.

Progress to date:

The Thomas Davis project has completed construction and is operational.  The project has provided the local area with a much needed, modern, community sports facility and community hub. It will increase and enhance the range of community services offered, including social and sporting activities. The valuable services and community space will help foster good community relations and have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, ultimately helping to improve the quality of life for people in local communities within the SIF Southern Zone.

A number of short films on Social Investment Fund projects and outcomes have been produced.  Below is the link to a short film, that highlights the construction/improvement works to facilities funded in the SIF Southern zone, including the Thomas Davis project:


Monitoring and evaluation of all Social Investment Fund projects is carried out using “Outcomes Based Accountability” (OBA). Where SIF has funded capital works, the project provides quarterly “post-capital” data for a period of 3 years which details the positive impacts enabled by the capital works undertaken. The Thomas Davis project has completed construction and OBA data collection is ongoing for the final infographic. OBA data collection is in the early stages for the final post capital infographic.

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