• Athlone Regional Sports Centre to receive €250,000
Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has warmly welcomed the €824,645 in sports capital funding allocated to clubs and organisations across Westmeath. The allocation is part of the €40.5 million in new funding for 880 sports community projects nationwide, announced by Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD.
“I am delighted that 23 clubs and organisations across Westmeath have been rewarded for their efforts in promoting the benefits of sport in their local communities.
“Given my strong connections with both, I am especially pleased that Athlone Regional Sports Centre is to benefit from €250,000, the county’s single biggest allocation, and Athlone Boat Club is to receive €115,000.
“The McFadden family has long associations with the boat club, of which my late father had been a long-standing member. Similarly, I continue to have a successful working relationship with the Regional Sports Centre where both my late sister Nicky and I were Board members at different stages.
“The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across the country.
“All of this isn’t just good for local sports, but it is also good for job creation, particularly in the construction sector.
“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.
“Unfortunately, due to the huge demand for the Programme, not all clubs and organisations who applied were successful this year but 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
• 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;