The six finalists in the Sports category of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards have been named and include representatives from athletics, tennis, Gaelic games, taekwondo cycling and a community sports development.

The Awards honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who, with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding, have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country, amounting to an average of €4.3 million a week which is then distributed through funding from Sport Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Sport is one of six categories alongside Health, Heritage, Arts and Culture, Community and Youth.

The 36 winning groups will now proceed to a grand final where winners in each category and a grand winner will be announced.

Sport won through in the last awards when Liquid Therapy, a surfing based initiative that works with special needs children and others based in Donegal, emerged as the overall winner. The team went on to present their story at the Sport for Business Sport for Social Good Conference, with our partners Allianz, at Ulster University.

A video of their project can be seen below and is well worth a look.

“The Good Causes Awards allow us to shine a light on the outstanding work being done in our communities by extraordinary groups,” said National lottery CEO Andrew Algeo.

“Our aim is to recognize the exceptional contributions of our finalists and show the people of Ireland exactly what their participation and support in the National Lottery is achieving within their communities.”

“We are all aware of how difficult the past year has been and how important sports clubs, organisations and groups are to our wellbeing. This truly is our chance to show our appreciation for keeping our communities going during such uncertain times.”

The judging of the National Finals of the Good Causes Awards has taken place virtually this year.

“It is such an honour to be involved in the Good Causes Awards as the event really is a unique opportunity to highlight the array of remarkable groups and organisations doing great things in communities all over the country,” said fergus Finlay, one of this year’s judges.

Each national category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get an additional €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced on Saturday 29th May at the Mansion House in Dublin (subject to Public health measures in place at the time). The event will alternatively take place virtually depending on the guidelines in effect.

The six winners from sport are Shankill Tennis Club, Dublin; South Dublin Taekwondo, Dublin; Raphoe Community Sports Development, Donegal; Kanturk Cycling Club, Cork; Ratoath Athletics Club, Meath and Ballintubber GAA, Mayo.

We will feature each of the Sport shortlisted awards in a short series to run next week.


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