Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, today announced an investment package of almost €4.5 million in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.
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 and from disadvantaged communities.
Speaking today, Minister Ross said: “I am delighted to announce almost €4.5 million in funding for sport and physical activity measures through the Dormant Accounts Fund. In line with the new National Sports Policy, this funding will support our Local Sports Partnerships and National Governing Bodies in the delivery of a comprehensive programme of initiatives under the National Physical Activity Plan. My Department is working together with Sport Ireland, the Local Sports Partnerships and National Governing Bodies for Sport to ensure that the programme of initiatives resulting from this funding is inclusive, accessible and regionally balanced.”
Highlighting new initiatives funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, commented: “Sport Ireland places a premium on ensuring everyone has an opportunity to partake in sport no matter what their circumstance and the Dormant Accounts Fund is assisting us in realising that ambition. It is particularly welcome to see a range of new projects developed, which will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of local communities. Programmes such as the new Physical Literacy & Fundamental Movement Skills initiative and the additions to the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland will make sport and physically activity more accessible to more people. ”
Highlighting new initiatives funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund, Leitrim Sports Partnership sports coordinator Declan Boyle stated that he is delighted with the funding announcement that the Leitrim Sports Partnership received through the Dormant accounts fund. This funding will provide greater opportunities for the people of leitrim to engage in physical activity initiatives and community capacity building programmes which will promote physical activity and making sport and physical activity accessible to all. The Leitrim Sports Partnership receive €105,600.00 in funding for the following programmes,
• Community Sport & Physical activity Hub – Bee Park, Manorhamilton – €60,600
• Youth Leadership Programme – €10,000
• Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Support – €10,000
• Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub Phase 2 – €25,000.
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