Government Finds Extra €2.9M for Sport

The Government has made an additional €2.9 million available to programmes aimed at delivering elements of the National Physical Activity Plan.

The money, from the Dormant Accounts Fund, will be targeted at disadvantaged communities and will be administered by Sport Ireland.

“The funding of €2.9m being announced today will support the delivery of sport and physical activity initiatives across the country under the National Physical Activity Plan,” said Minister of State for Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin.

“The comprehensive programme of initiatives supported through this funding allocation will give people with disabilities and those from socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity.”

“This range of initiatives is as a result of close cooperation between my department, Sport Ireland, the Local Sports Partnership Network and the National Governing Bodies for Sport.”

Among the initiatives that were revealed are nine new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH), along with support for thirteen existing CSPAH’s.

The new Hubs will be in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown at the Beckett Sports Centre (pictured above), Fingal in Balbriggan, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Longford, Mayo, Meath and Sligo. Each will benefit to the tune of €70,000 worth of funding.

The objective of the CSPAH’s is to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.

The Hubs provide 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.

“Previous rounds of investment through the Dormant Accounts Fund have had a real impact on local communities and sports organisations across Ireland,” said Sport Ireland Chairman Kieran Mulvey.

“In particular, the Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs have delivered programmes and opportunities which make it easier for people to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.”

“This investment allows Sport Ireland, in conjunction with the National Governing Bodies for Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships, play a lead role in making sure that more people are more active on a regular basis,” said John Treacy, Sport Ireland CEO.

Around €100,000 will be made available to each of the Get Ireland Cycling, Running and Swimming programmes and €125,000 to Get Ireland Walking.

€484,000 will be made available to 20 National Governing Bodies for specific programmes ranging from a Coach Education Development Plan for Vision Sport Ireland; a Riding for the Disabled Programme for Horse Sport Ireland; Gaelic4Teens run by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and a number of others.

Sport for Business will highlight a number of these programmes, which may appeal to commercial or philanthropic backers to bring to scale, over the coming weeks.

The findings of the tenth annual Sport Ireland Strategic, Planning, Evaluation and Knowledge (SPEAK) Report on the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) were also published today.

Join us tomorrow when we look at these, and the expenditure of €17.2 Million in greater detail.

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