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Sports Minister Catherine Martin and Junior Minister Jack Chambers announced the largest ever sports capital allocation of €150m for clubs and community groups around the country.

Sports Minister Catherine Martin and Junior Minister Jack Chambers announced the largest ever sports capital allocation of €150m for clubs and community groups around the country.

Sports Minister Catherine Martin and Junior Minister Jack Chambers announced the largest ever sports capital allocation of €150m for clubs and community groups around the country.

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SPORTS clubs across County Cork are celebrating this week following the announcement of an allocation of almost €14mm to various groups.

Grants ranging from under €2,000 to €150,000 for most of the local projects receiving aid while a number of regional projects were allocated up to €300,000.

The overall allocation of €150m is the largest ever annual allocation of sports capital funding by the State.

Among the big winners were Boherbue Comprehensive School which have been allocated €150,000 to build a school gym which will also be accessible by the local community. In Knocknagree, the GAA club were welcoming a grant commitment of €150,000 to develop their clubhouse.

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Macroom based hurling and camogie club Laochra Óg will put the allocation of €135,107 towards its ambitious plans for a pitch and clubhouse development near Clondrohid.

The plans to build an astro turf pitch in Kanturk received a boost of €150,000 in the announcement of the allocations.

The news was welcomed by local TDs Aindrias Moynihan of Fianna Fáil in Cork North West and FG TD Colm Burke in Cork North Central.

Deputy Moynihan described the allocation as a ‘strong investment in grassroots sports from the Government’ and said he was ‘particularly happy’ to see such a strong investment in Cork.

“It’s great to see such a strong focus in supporting grassroots sport in communities,” said the TD.

“Volunteer clubs in towns and villages across Cork will be able to deliver new and important projects focussed on delivering really important projects aimed at improving participation across the board, providing enhanced facilities for clubs with strong female participation and supporting clubs active in disadvantaged communities.”

Deputy Burke was delighted with the allocations for clubs in his constituency of Cork North Central.

“It’s great to see such a strong focus in supporting grassroots sport in communities. Volunteer clubs in towns and villages across Cork will be able to deliver new and important projects focussed on delivering really important projects aimed at improving participation across the board, providing enhanced facilities for clubs with strong female participation and supporting clubs active in disadvantaged communities.”

The announcement was made on Friday by Sports Minister Catherine Martin who said the Government was responding to the record number of applications with the most significant level of individual awards ever.

“So this is a great day for sports clubs and community groups right around the country and I want to congratulate all of the successful applicants,” said Minister Martin.

“It has been a tough two years for many sports clubs but the pandemic really demonstrated the importance of sport for our collective wellbeing. The grants we are announcing today will significantly improve sports facilities in every county.

“There is a huge variety of different sports covered and I was particularly pleased that the scoring system placed an even greater emphasis on female participation.

“Over 30 sports and activities are represented, ranging from competitive, track and field games right through to walking.”

Minister for State for Sport Jack Chambers said this was a particularly important day for those involved at sport at a local level.

““As well as the major field sports, funding is being provided to tennis clubs, cricket, boxing, kayaking, wheelchair sports and martial arts to name just some,” said Minister Chambers

“It is great to see crowds back at big sporting events in recent weeks but our key focus is to get as many people participating as possible. COVID-19 revealed to us all the importance of community and I am particularly pleased that so many community centres and organisations have been allocated funding to develop projects in towns and villages across the country.

“If we want to achieve our participation targets, we must provide high quality facilities and that is what this announcement is all about.”

The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) is the primary vehicle for government support for the development of sports and recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. Over 13,000 projects have now benefited from sports capital funding since 1998, bringing the total allocations in that time to over €1.1 billion.


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