Increase for Sport Funding in 2020

Sport Ireland has announced a significant €36 million investment package for National Governing Bodies of Sport, High-Performance sport and Local Sports Partnerships for 2020.

In 2020, Sport Ireland will invest an additional €1million in the core operations of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), bringing the total funding to €13.85 million in 2020. This is up from a figure of €10.8 million in 2017, with the growth attributed to promises undertaken as part of the National Policy on Sport that was brought to life first in 2018.

Core funding for the three large field sports is determined separately and an announcement on this will be made in the coming weeks, perhaps with reference to lifting of the suspension of funding to the FAI.

Last year’s funding in that direction was €2.9 million of which three quarters was drawn down.

€9.4 million is being invested in High-Performance programmes and Tokyo 2020 support, along with €820,000 allocated to the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics to support operations and administration ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This represents the highest amount ever invested in High-Performance sport in Ireland and brings to €34,427,500 the total invested over the four years of the Tokyo Olympic cycle.

This investment in High-Performance sport is bolstered by a 26% per cent increase in investment in the International Carding Scheme, with €2.43 million being allocated in 2020. €220,000 will be allocated to the Team Ireland Golf scheme.

The Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnership Network will receive €8.3 million to support operations and programmes at a participation level and targeting specific groups at a local level.

Over the course of the coming week, we will look in greater detail at each of these funding streams, pointing out the main winners and gathering reaction from across the sporting spectrum.

The outcome of increased investment was highlighted by a total of 80 medals won in 2019 at recognised World or European championship level.

45 of these were won by women with 25 by men and ten in mixed team environments.

It is rare that Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross is a bit downbeat at such a day of celebration but there was a wistfulness in his thanking Sport Ireland Chairman Kieran Mulvey for delivering a ‘political obituary’ in terms of the praise heaped upon him for his work over the lifetime of this Government and on probably the last occasion he will be in front of such a broad sporting gathering before the General Election.

If he does not return to the post in whatever form of coalition emerges, Mulvey was keen to point out the positive contribution which he and Minister of State Brendan Griffin had made in the field of sports funding and strategy.

“It is encouraging to see this significant uplift in funding for sport in Ireland,” he said.

“2020 will see Sport Ireland allocate the highest amount ever in grant funding across the board. I would like to thank Minister Ross and Minister Griffin, and their colleagues in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, for their continued commitment to the National Sports Policy and the vision to transform the Irish sporting landscape in the coming decade.”

“2019 saw further development of the Sport Ireland Campus with the opening of Phase 2 of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena and a state of the art hockey pitch. These infrastructural developments underpin our athlete’s success on the playing field and further augment the Sport Ireland Campus as the epicentre of high-performance sport.”

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy also welcomed the increased funding, adding, “Sport Ireland is delighted to be in a position to provide the majority of performing National Governing Bodies for Sport and Local Sports Partnerships with another increase in funding in 2020.”

“The continued investment in the high-performance sport will be enhanced by a 14 per cent increase in investment in the facilities and expertise available at the Sport Ireland Institute which is vitally important as we start moving towards Tokyo 2020. The strengthened relationship between the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and Sport Ireland means we are starting the Olympic and Paralympic countdown in a very strong and positive position and look forward to another good year for Irish sport at all levels.”

“This year, Sport Ireland will invest €871,010 in programme funding to the LSP network, an increase of 53 per cent from the €568,650 invested in 2019.”

“Programme funding is at the core of the LSPs engagement with participants and allows for the delivery of a range of community, club and school-based initiatives, programmes and events.”

“At a local level, the increased investment in Local Sports Partnerships, and in particular the funding for additional LSP Development Officers will continue to build capacity across the network and effectively support the delivery of the actions outlined in the National Sports Policy,” added Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr Una May.

“In 2020 Sport Ireland will also support Local Authorities to develop Local Sports Plans to increase participation locally, in a manner consistent with the vision and objectives set down in the National Sports Policy.”

“As per the policy, a locally-led, nationally supported approach will be a key feature of our participation strategy and the funding announced today will support this key work.”

Coming up on Sport for Business in the coming days:

  • Core Funding Detail for National Governing Bodies and Reaction
  • Funding for High-Performance and Olympic and Paralympic Preparation
  • €2.4 million for individual athletes and how that breaks down
  • Funding increase for Local Sports Partnerships



Image Credit: Morgan Treacy,

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