The first tranche of government funding from a commitment made one year ago will be issued to Camogie and Ladies Gaelic Football Inter county teams in the coming weeks.
The total amount to be disbursed to cover programmes such as injury prevention and medical cover, maximising player and team performance, and access to training facilities will amount to €428,000 in total in 2017.
This follows the announcement, in June 2016, by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, of a two-year agreement, commencing in 2017, to provide support for intercounty Camogie and Ladies Football players.
The money is administered through Sport Ireland in consultation with the Camogie Association, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and the WGPA.
Am extensive consultation process on the best and most effective way to spend the money has been undertaken with all Camogie and Ladies Football intercounty teams.
As part of this process, workshops were held which were attended by County Board Chairs and Secretaries, team managers and player representatives across both codes.
The bulk of applications received for this funding have focused on areas such as physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, nutritional advice, sports psychology, performance analysis, player recovery, medical cover, specialised coaching and training facilities.
“This two-year programme of financial support shows the appreciation of the Government for what our Intercounty Ladies Football and Camogie players do for our sporting landscape,” said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross.
“I was delighted to announce this funding programme last June as I believe that it shows the commitment of the Government to the promotion of our national Gaelic Games,” added Minister of State for Sport Patrick O’Donovan.
“Ladies Football and Camogie form such an important part of Irish culture and heritage and the players and clubs are the cornerstone of communities around the country.”
“The schemes which will be funded by the grants allocated today are so important to the continued development of women’s sport in Ireland.”
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“This investment will provide a range of valuable services, directly benefitting female Gaelic Games players across the country,” concluded Sinéad McNulty, Chairperson of the Scheme Implementation Group.
“Female intercounty athletes demonstrate supreme commitment to their sports, and showcase their individual talents, as well as the opportunities which sport can provide to women and girls across Ireland.”
“These athletes provide excellent role models for Irish women and girls, assisting the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and the Camogie Association to promote the sports.”
“They encourage females to get involved in sport and physical activity through local clubs, where they can enjoy the personal benefits of improved physical and mental health, and social interactions provided at a club setting, and highlights the potential of performing at the highest levels through intercounty representation.”