Reaction has been swift and positive across the sporting landscape to the largest ever investment in Irish sport announced by Sport Ireland today.
A total of €85 million will be distributed across 44 different sports and in four key strands.
Read all about the funding here.
Tom Ryan and John Horan, Ard Stiúthóir and Uachtaráin, GAA
“We would like to place on record our thanks to Ministers Catherine Martin and Jack Chambers, and by extension the government as a whole, in making available these very welcome supports for sport in Ireland and Gaelic games in particular.
“These funds will make a significant difference in helping our organisation at all levels in the weeks and months ahead after what has been an incredibly challenging year to date.”
Ciaran Gallagher, CEO Gymnastics Ireland
“The past 8 months have been incredibly difficult for our sport. Our commercial club-based membership model has been hit hard by various periods of lock-down and the restriction of 50 person limit for indoor activity. Despite this, our innovative clubs have proven to be resilient and have done what has needed to be done in order to keep going, albeit at a great financial cost. We are hugely relieved to be able to provide this financial support to our clubs at a time when they need it most. On behalf of all our clubs and members, I would like to sincerely thank Sport Ireland for this support investment. While we still have much to contend with ahead of us this is, without doubt, a good day for our sport.”
Peter Sherrard, CEO of Olympic Federation of Ireland
“I thank Minister Catherine Martin and Minister Jack Chambers for providing this funding package which means a huge amount to a large number of our member sports. It is vitally important in sustaining them through this current crisis so that the progress of recent years is not lost. Thanks to this emergency support, many of our members will be able to protect structures from which they will be able to re-build when we emerge from this crisis in communities all over Ireland.”
Bernard O’Byrne, CEO of Basketball Ireland
“This funding is hugely welcomed and is a shot in the arm for our sport. Our priority now is to get our National League’s up and running. Looking at the current downward trend in Covid-19 figures we hope to start our season on January 9th. We shall be working with the government and Sport Ireland to try and ensure this can happen, so our clubs can plan accordingly.
Roy Barrett, Chair of FAI
“Ministers Catherine Martin and Jack Chambers, the Government and Sport Ireland are to be applauded for the funding announced today, not just to Irish football but to all Irish sport because this will make such a difference.”
“The unity between Government and sport in these challenging times proves how much sport means to Irish society and this announcement by Sport Ireland cements their support at a time when we need it most.
“The COVID-19 impact on the Association’s revenue streams coupled with a huge financial burden on our clubs, from grassroots all the way to the top of the SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League, has been serious.
“This resilience funding from Government is a vote of confidence in Irish football as we continue to support the HSE and our frontline workers in the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All our stakeholders – players, coaches, match officials, volunteers, parents, guardians and supporters – have done so much to keep football safe during this public health crisis and on their behalf, I thank the Government for this funding that will make such a difference to so many.
“The Government has always delivered for Irish football. They have done so again with this funding and we will continue to work with them in the fight against COVID-19. We want to see football back on the field as soon as possible and we are working with Government and our colleagues in the GAA and the IRFU to allow for the safe return of spectators in due course.”
Mark Kennelly, CEO of Golf Ireland
“Irish golf welcomes the allocation of €2.7 million in funding which will support clubs that have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This substantial allocation underlines the important role of golf in the country’s sports landscape.”
“It will be a very welcome addition to the €597,000 we allocated to clubs last week under the R&A Covid-19 Fund.”
“We will be working closely with the Sport Ireland in the coming weeks to finalise the qualifying criteria for the club resilience fund and look forward to communicating this to clubs as soon as possible.”
“In addition, we are excited to begin work on the Golf Ireland Education Hub which we hope will be a further support to clubs, staff, volunteers and PGA Professionals across the country.
“We would also like to thank Sport Ireland for the support they have shown us throughout this pandemic and we look forward to continuing our work with them.”
Sarah Keane, CEO, Swim Ireland
“We are delighted with the resilience fund announcement made today. This will be of huge benefit to our sports and clubs and is very much welcomed.
“We know that this is a significant investment from government and the process and work done by Sport Ireland has been substantial and we thank them for that.
“We will stand over where these funds are spent and look forward to getting our sport truly back on its feet in the coming months.”
Rowing Ireland is delighted to announce that we have received €149,000 from the Sport Ireland COVID-19 Grant Scheme. A working group led by Rowing Ireland’s Honorary Treasurer Leo Gibson worked closely to prepare the successful submission which will go towards Rowing Ireland and it clubs to cover extra costs and losses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kathleen Woods, President Camogie Association
“I wish to acknowledge the incredible work undertaken by our members and Units throughout this most challenging year to ensure that our game has continued to take place, whilst always ensuring that the health and safety of our players and members has been prioritised at all times.
“Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for their patience, diligence and enthusiasm which they have shown over the past year to have responded so positively to all of the challenges which they have faced.”
The Camogie Association will work with Units over the coming weeks to finalise the distribution of this funding, considering applications submitted over recent months.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland
“On behalf of the Irish cricket community, Cricket Ireland would like to thank Sport Ireland and the Irish Government for their ongoing support. This much-needed funding injection is a recognition of the negative impact that the global pandemic has had at both an international and grassroots level.”
“This funding goes some way to acknowledging the scale of loss of our growing commercial revenues as well as our commitment to compliance costs towards COVID preparedness for our 2020 season. We are also reassured by the new funding package announced by the Government in the recent budget, and we look forward to further support over coming months as we build towards a still uncertain 2021.”
“The Club Resilience Fund allocation will be passed on to clubs across the Republic of Ireland through a scheme that will be launched this week. We are pleased that, with input from the Provincial Unions, we were able to put a successful case together to attract funding that will help a wide range of clubs following possibly their most challenging season.”
Harry Hermon, CEO of Irish Sailing
“We are delighted with this news. We have been working closely with our member clubs to ensure the success of their applications, and we look forward to continuing this work and supporting our members as we start to emerge from restrictions. The months ahead will be challenging and we thank Sport Ireland for their foresight and belief in our sports”.
Philip Browne, CEO IRFU
“The funding for rugby announced today by Government and Sport Ireland is critical for the IRFU to keep rugby activities at all levels of our sport going for now for the many men, women and children who participate in or volunteer at clubs week in and week out, and for our provincial and international teams.
“As outlined to the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee in recent weeks and confirmed in our recent annual report, Irish Rugby is in a perilous financial position as a result of Covid-19.
“While we moved quickly to reduce costs and agree cuts with our staff and players, further reductions and actions are under constant review as we move from a relatively strong cash position just 18 months ago to facing ongoing record losses in 2020 and on into 2021.
“We are very grateful for the ongoing support shown to us by Government and Sport Ireland throughout this pandemic, especially with today’s vital funding announcement.
We also acknowledge the support of our sponsors and loyal patrons who have invested in ten- and five-year tickets.
“This support is vital if Irish Rugby is to survive until a time where we can once again welcome our supporters, in meaningful numbers, back to the Aviva Stadium and our provincial grounds.”
Hamish Adams, CEO, Athletics Ireland
“On behalf of Athletics Ireland, I wish to personally thank the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Catherine Martin TD and the Minister of State for Sport and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jack Chambers TD for this much needed funding. All sport is suffering at this time and this significant investment by the State will ensure that we continue to deliver programmes that continue to support the health and well being of our nation.”
Richard Fahey, CEO, Tennis Ireland
“We are delighted with the level of support shown today and are very grateful to the Irish Government for their support of Irish Tennis. Tennis Ireland has worked very closely with Sport Ireland and the tennis community since COVID-19 came to our shores and we will continue to work in partnership with them to support our sport and to protect our communities”.
Grainne Culliton, President, Volleyball Ireland
“We are delighted with the funding allocation that will help us deliver a really ambitious project. Volleyball is a sport for all and by providing free to use courts across Ireland we can remove some of the traditional barriers to participation and allow the whole community to just turn up and play our wonderful sport. We think this could be a game changer for promoting, developing and growing volleyball here in Ireland.”
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