Funding boost of €10m for major sports bodies
Leading sporting bodies have been given a significant financial boost with the announcement of €10m in grants aimed at increasing children's participation in the games.
Sports Minister Mary Hanafin yesterday revealed the funding package, which included €3.15m for the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), €3.61m for the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and €3.09m for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).
Run by the Irish Sports Council, the three organisations will also invest around €25m from their own resources into the development programme.
Among the schemes to benefit from the fund through the programme are the IRFU's Women in Sport Programme, which will receive €150,000, while almost €3m will be put into under-age participation.
The FAI will invest €3.36m in its technical development plan, while the GAA will spend over €3m on its 'Grassroots to National Programme'.
"The FAI, IRFU and GAA share the goal of increasing the numbers of people participating in sport in Ireland," said Irish Sports Council head John Treacy.
Ms Hanafin said it would ensure that schemes aimed at encouraging people to get active can continue.