Wednesday 21 March 2018

€100,000 is just 'ace' for racquet clubs

Margaret Roddy

A MAJOR facelift is in store at Dundalk Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club after the club received €100,000 in Sports Capital Funding.

The club, which has over 300 senior and junior members, will be spending the money on a major refurbishment of its nine tennis courts, fencing and improving facilities.

'Our membership has dropped in recent years, no doubt due to the recession, and we hope that these improvements will encourage more people to join,' says Jill Steeples.

The summer is a particularly busy time for the club with junior members taking part in a host of events.

'We're delighted to have a lot of young members and the numbers playing badminton has also grown in recent years with over 100 players.'

Coach John McGahon is a big asset to the club, she adds.

Other clubs which have received a welcome cash injection under the Sports Capital Funding Scheme were Rock Celtic €50,000, Geraldine's GFC €28,000, O'Hanlon Park Boxing Club €22,000, Quay Celtic FC €21,000, Dealgan Boxing Club €12,000, Dundalk Town €8,000, Blackrock Sports and Recreation Community Group €6,000 and Kilkerley Boxing Club €500.

Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick said that it was 'fantastic to see over €1million going to 24 different sports clubs in the county. It's a 30 per cent increase on last year and there's a lot of clubs very happy to have got money.

'There's also some who are disappointed and I hope the Minister will bear that in mind next year.'

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