Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with Athletics Ireland have launched a ‘Community Athletics Hub’ at the Iveagh Sports Grounds in Crumlin, Dublin 12.

The project is supported by Sport Ireland as part of their Community Sports Hub initiative and funded through Dormant Accounts.

The goal of the community athletics hub is to increase athletic participation (including recreational walking, jogging, and running) and physical activity across all ages within the local community and among students and staff in Trinity College Dublin.

A project team has been set up to oversee the planning and development of participation-based interventions and programmes which will be hosted at the hub, with the recent appointment of Cameron Molloy Moules as the Community Athletics Hub Co-ordinator.

Cameron has spent the past number of years working at Sport Ireland as a Cross Collaboration Project Coordinator.

“The Trinity College Dublin Community Athletics Hub at Iveagh Sports Grounds is a wonderful project, it is a great opportunity to foster a deeper connection with the local community and offer new opportunities for people to get involved in athletics and physical activity,” said Dr Linda Doyle Provost of Trinity College Dublin.

“Everything we do at Trinity Sport is about helping people to participate more in sport and physical activity so that they can reach their potential,” said Matthew Dossett, Deputy Director of Sport, and Physical Activity at Trinity College Dublin.

“We would like to thank Sport Ireland for providing funding for this initiative and we look forward to collaborating with Athletics Ireland to ensure the ‘Community Athletics Hub’ at Iveagh Sports Grounds is a success.”

“We hope that through this collaboration we can create a lasting impact in the community and that this hub will provide people with a safe space to participate in athletics and physical activity.”

“This collaboration aims to promote and encourage participation in all forms of athletics (including recreational walking, jogging and running) across all age cohorts,” added Rachel Ormrod, Director of Participation, Athletics Ireland.

“Through the Community Athletics Hub we will be able to offer a range of participation opportunities specifically for people within the community. Sport Ireland investment in the hub, via the Dormant Accounts fund, is a significant endorsement for this initiative that will hopefully serve the community of Crumlin and provide opportunities for people in the community to access and engage in athletics.”

“Sport Ireland are delighted to support this collaborative initiative between Athletics Ireland and Trinity College Dublin, which highlights our commitment to promoting grassroots sports and physical activity,” said Shane Califf, Director of National Governing Bodies at Sport Ireland.

“It will serve as a central hub for fostering a love for athletics while encouraging people of all ages and abilities to engage in regular exercise.”

“The launch of the Community Athletics Hub, which is being supported via the Dormant Accounts Fund, marks a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to cultivate a thriving and active community in Dublin. Sport Ireland looks forward to witnessing the positive impact it will have on the lives of individuals within the local community.”