“Be they under 8s taking part in one of the all-county blitzes, under 14s or under 16s taking part in one of the Club Derry Sevens tournaments or the talented young players of our development and minor squads; young footballers, hurlers and camogs from every club across the county regularly avail of this resource. Owenbeg serves Club and County. It should be viewed an extension of all of our clubs facilities. It is there to help develop young club and schools players from u8’s upwards as much as to develop the county players of the future.“John Keenan, Derry Chairman (at opening of Owenbeg Derry GAA Centre)
On Monday 23rd May 2011 the first sod was turned on the works which comprise the latest phase of the development at Owenbeg.
New features include the construction of a complex comprising a state of the art strength and conditioning facility, physiotherapy and first aid rooms as well as full canteen facilities, conference rooms and a supporters shop.
The complex will be split over two levels with the ground floor covering approximately 12,000 sq ft. Part of the complex will house the new 2,000 seater stand helping to transform part of the site into the county’s second county ground.
The 48 acre site will act as a hub of Gaelic Games activity in Derry for the present generations and many to come. It will play host to a GAA Academy and become the county’s second county ground.
The pitches at Owenbeg can now accommodate 24 underage matches simultaneously – more than any similar facility anywhere on this island. Those pitches are a nursery, incubating the talent that will help ensure a flourishing future for our association in our county.