The investments in multiple projects in every county will be administered by Sport Ireland and will aim to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.
“This funding will enable our Local Sports Partnerships and National Governing Bodies to deliver a comprehensive programme of initiatives under the National Physical Activity Plan and in line with the National Sports Policy,” said Minister Ross.
“We are committed to giving more people the opportunity to partake in sport, with all the mental and physical benefits it brings. My Department will continue to work closely with Sport Ireland, the Local Sports Partnerships, National Governing Bodies of Sport and other funded bodies to ensure that the programme of initiatives resulting from this funding is inclusive, accessible and regionally balanced.”
“The Dormant Accounts Funding has been vital to the growth of community and social cohesion through sport in disadvantaged areas around the country” added Minister of State Griffin.
“The investment will support the continuation of this work but will also see the implementation of new initiatives and programmes which will further contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities.”
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Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs
Among the successful Dormant Accounts Fund projects announced are six new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs in Carlow, Clare, Laois, Limerick, Monaghan and Wicklow. Each of these will get between €60,000 and €70,000 to get established.
Additional funding of between €20,000 and €40,000 will be made available for the 30 existing Hubs.
“Sport Ireland is delighted with the continued investment of Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs,” said Chairman Kieran Mulvey.
“These hubs play a key role in bringing people together and providing a home for local clubs and sports organisations. The announcement of six new Hubs with additional funding for 30 existing Hubs is very welcomed, making it easier for people to get involved in sport and lead a more active life.”
Funding of between €5,000 and €13,500 will be made available to 20 Local Sports Partnerships towards the development and delivery of specialised Sports Leadership training for young people providing a stepping stone for learners into employment and also into further education or training.
This programme will develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sports and/or recreational situations as well as contributing to the personal development of the learner.
It will also assist to develop trained volunteers who can assist with the delivery of sport and recreation initiatives within their community. The initiative will provide training for young people, keeping them engaged, increasing their responsibility and developing their confidence and self-esteem and will provide an opportunity for lifelong volunteering. The programme has the potential to impact on both early school dropout in disadvantaged areas and dropout rates from sport within the targeted age group.
Volunteer Training & Support Programme
Funding of between €7,000 and €15,000 will go towards the volunteer supports initiative which aims to successfully identify and assist targeted individuals who are volunteering in disadvantaged communities or with people with disabilities to gain community sport and physical activity leadership skills as coaches, leaders, referees, committee members and more.
This fund will also be used to support Community Coaching programmes or to support standalone training opportunities to support targeted volunteers. This funding stream is only open to individuals operating in a volunteer capacity within disadvantaged communities or with people with disabilities.
Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Supports
The Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Supports initiative will provide capital support to the implementation of the national SIDP.
The fund aims to reduce the barriers to sports participation for people with a disability through the provision of equipment and minor infrastructure.
The fund can be used to purchase a range of disability sports equipment and enabling infrastructure including hoists, handrails, fittings, mats, wheelchairs etc.
Grants of between €5,000 and €10,000 have been made available to 21 Local Sports partnerships.
Urban Outdoor Adventure Initiatives
Grants of between €18,000 and €35,000 are being distributed to 11 Local Sports Partnerships to provide opportunities for young people living in disadvantaged communities to experience outdoor adventure sports in urban settings.
Promoting Sporting Integrity through values-based and ethical decision making education in sport
Sport Ireland is currently developing a position with respect to values-based sport and would like to further enhance this position by developing templates and education resources for stakeholders to implement values-based sport. A sum of €80,000 has been made available for this.
Research into the use of behavioural science to increase participation in sport and physical activity among individuals in disadvantaged areas
This project aims to conduct research into the use of behavioural science to increase participation in sport and physical activity among individuals in disadvantaged areas. A sum of €100,000 has been made available for this.
Value Of Sport – National Physical Activity Promotion Campaign
€75,000 of funding has been set aside to conduct an annual evidence-based national physical activity promotion campaign.
The task is to create a public awareness campaign around the ‘value of sport.’ The overall goal of this project is to communicate the value of sport and the intangible emotionally-led benefits of sport.
The campaign will demonstrate the positive effect that sport has on society and specifically to people with disabilities and those living in disadvantaged communities.
Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs – Awareness Campaign
The largest single block of funding, €250,000, has been put towards supporting Sport Ireland’s lead role in the delivery of Action 11 and Action 14 of the National Sports Policy 2018-2027.
A comprehensive awareness campaign will be carried out to support the work of the Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs.
The campaign will champion the Hubs as sources of information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people in disadvantaged areas to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.
Consulting with Young People Project – Young Voices in Sport Toolkit
The aim of the Consulting with Young People Project is to give volunteers and members of staff in sporting organisations a clear understanding of what they need to do to involve their young members in decision making at every level from local sports clubs to national governing bodies. €50,000 has been set aside to create a toolkit to assist in this.
Sports Disability Training Framework (Cara – Sport Inclusion Ireland)
This fifth phase of Dormant Accounts funding in 2019 is designed to support the further development and delivery of specialised disability training courses through Cara. CARA will continue delivering on actions with a specific focus on sport and physical activity for people with disabilities. The organisation will receive €170,000 in this year’s funding
€20,000 will go towards Project FLAME, one of the first programmes in Ireland to explore multiple components of movement competence with 12-16-year-olds.
Provisional results from the 2018 Project FLAME study involving over 300 Irish adolescents observed that those participants in receipt of the movement-orientated intervention improved their physical literacy levels, in comparison to their control counterparts (those not in receipt of the Project FLAME intervention).
Get Ireland Running, Cycling, Swimming and Walking
Programmes under each of these four campaigns will be funded to the tune of €100,000 each.
NGB Community & Disability Sports Projects
Funding was made available to National Governing Bodies of Sport to support the National Physical Activity Plan under:
Action 47 ‘Continue to support the work of the National Governing Bodies of sport in implementing programmes to promote physical activity’,
Action 48 ‘Develop programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity and sport’
Action 49 ‘Extend existing and developing programmes for physical activity for people with disabilities and their families to enhance and deliver a comprehensive health and wellbeing programme’.
The NGB’s to benefit include:
€40,000 funding for Badminton Ireland, Basketball Ireland, Canoeing Ireland, Cricket Ireland, Gymnastics Ireland, Hockey Ireland, Horse Sport Ireland, IABA, Irish Orienteering Association, Irish Sailing, Rowing Ireland, Special Olympics Ireland, Tennis Ireland and Triathlon Ireland.
€35,000 funding for the GAA, LGFA and Volleyball Association of Ireland
€30,000 funding for Irish Surfing and Vision Sports Ireland
€20,000 funding for the Confederation of Irish Golf and the Irish Underwater Council
“Key to the work of Sport Ireland is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in sport, no matter what their circumstances,” said John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland.
“The Dormant Accounts Funding will enable Sport Ireland, supported by the network of Local Sports Partnerships and the National Governing Bodies for Sport, to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities.”
As with previous funding announced, the investment is closely aligned with the National Sports Policy and the National Physical Activity Plan. A particular emphasis is placed on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, making sport and physical activity accessible to people with a disability and the development of programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.
Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr Una May, highlighted the impact of the projects funded to date.
“Collaborative initiatives across the sports sector and capacity building programmes continue to have a positive impact on local communities. Programmes such as Youth Leadership offers specialised Sports Leadership training for young people providing a stepping stone into employment and also into further education or training.”
“The programme, along with the dedicated Volunteer Training & Support Programme will develop trained volunteers who can assist with the delivery of sport and recreation initiatives within their community. As highlighted in the recent Irish Sports Monitor 2019 Mid-Year Report, volunteerism in sport is increasing with over 875,000 adults having volunteered during the past year. Volunteerism has a significant and positive impact on the volunteers and their local communities and it is great to see the continued investment in such programmes.”