Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has said 31 sporting organisations in Longford and Westmeath will benefit from this year’s Sports Capital Programme, receiving €1,084,744 in total.
Deputy McFadden was speaking as Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, announced a total of €40.5 million in new funding for 880 sports community projects nationwide. This represents a 33% increase on the last round of the Sports Capital Programme and brings the total figure granted since this Government came into office to €85 million.
“23 Westmeath organisations will benefit to the sum of €824,645 while 10 in Longford will be the beneficiary of €362,067 in funding. The largest single allocation has gone to Athlone Regional Sports Centre representing €250,000 in funding.
“This announcement in Sports Capital Programme funding for Longford and Westmeath is really great news. (See list of beneficiaries below).
“The last Government scrapped the Sports Capital Programme. Having reinstated the Programme when we came into office, this Government is demonstrating that despite limited finances, we are determined to invest in local facilities, which are the lifeblood of communities across Ireland.
“The Government understands the importance of the work carried out by sports clubs and organisations in our communities and funding such as this helps them do this vital work. It assists clubs to build or improve their facilities and also enables them to buy much needed sports equipment. This in turn increases their capacity to cater to larger numbers of local people.
“The more people we get involved playing sport, the better for the country’s overall physical and mental health. We particularly want to encourage more young people to get involved in sport, and start the good habits of a lifetime early.
“Aside from promoting good health, sport also has a really valuable community development function. Sport brings local people together in towns and villages across the country, fostering a sense of solidarity in communities.
“Unfortunately, due to the huge demand for the Programme, not all clubs and organisations who applied were successful this year. I encourage any clubs who have been disappointed to reapply for the next round of funding.”
Notes to editors:
Westmeath local grants total – €574,645.00
Athlone Boat Club €115,000.00
Athlone Sub Aqua Club Ltd €15,000.00
Ballinagore GAA Club €28,000.00
Ballinahown FC €17,000.00
Ballynacargy GAA Club €45,345.00
Killucan GAA €20,000.00
Killucan Ladies Football Club €800.00
Lakeside Wheelers Cycling Club €20,000.00
Midland Triathlon Club €10,000.00
Midland Warriors RFC €12,000.00
Moate Boxing Club €8,000.00
Mullingar elite bc €5,000.00
Mullingar Kyokushinkai Karate Club €500.00
Mullingar RFC €110,000.00
Mullingar Sub Aqua Club €17,000.00
Mullingar Tennis & Badminton Club €37,000.00
Multy Community Centre €20,000.00
Raharney GAA €40,000.00
Rosemount Community Committee €18,000.00
Shannonside Stealers €8,000.00
St Marys,Rochfortbridge €10,000.00
Willow Park FC €18,000.00
Westmeath non-local grant – Athlone Regional Sports Centre – €250,000.00
Longford Total – €260,099.00
Abbeyshrule Canoe Club €13,000.00
Ardagh St Patricks GAA €20,000.00
Ballymore GFC €9,000.00
County Longford Golf Club €50,000.00
Emmet óg GFC €30,000.00
Inny Kayakers Association €8,000.00
Longford RFC €21,299.00
Longford Slashers Camogie Club €2,800.00
Longford Tennis Club €6,000.00
St Teresa’s National School €100,000.00
• A total of 2,036 applications were made under the 2014 Programme, the second highest number ever received under a Sports Capital Programme.
• A total of 825 of the successful allocations go towards local sports clubs and organisations, with the remaining 55 allocated to regional or national projects.
• The allocations announced include funding for:
o Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts;
o Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas;
o Security fencing and ball stop netting;
o Hurling walls / handball alleys;
o Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets;
o Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms;
o Non-personal sports equipment;
o Shared facilities;
o Permanently fixed outdoor gym equipment.