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  • Northside West

Sports funding boost

Wednesday, 11th December, 2019 8:00am
Sports funding boost

Shane Ross

Sports funding boost

Shane Ross

FINGAL is to receive €100,000 as part of an investment package of €4.2 million in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sports and physical activities.

Investment in the Fingal Sports Partnership includes further funding for the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs in Tyrrelstown/Mullhuddart and Balbriggan, as well as an allocation for the Youth Leadership Programme.

The investment will be administered by Sport Ireland and will aim to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged or from disadvantaged communities.

Speaking at the funding announcement, Minister for Sport Shane Ross said: “This funding will enable our local sports partnerships and national governing bodies to deliver a comprehensive programme of initiatives under the National Physical Activity Plan and in line with the National Sports Policy.

"We are committed to giving more people the opportunity to partake in sport, with all the mental and physical benefits it brings. My Department will continue to work closely with Sport Ireland, the Local Sports Partnerships, National Governing Bodies of Sport and other funded bodies to ensure that the programme of initiatives resulting from this funding is inclusive, accessible and regionally balanced.”

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, added: “The Dormant Accounts Funding has been vital to the growth of community and social cohesion through sport in disadvantaged areas around the country. The investment will support the continuation of this work but will also see the implementation of new initiatives and programmes which will further contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities.”

Kieran Mulvey, chairman of Sport Ireland, said: “We are delighted with the continued investment of Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs. These hubs play a key role in bringing people together and providing a home for local clubs and sports organisations. The announcement of six new hubs with additional funding for 30 existing hubs is very welcome, making it easier for people to get involved in sport and lead a more active life.”

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