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Saturday 21 September 2019

GAA to double the amount clubs receive in grants from €2m to €4m by 2021

GAA president John Horan. Photo: Sportsfile
GAA president John Horan. Photo: Sportsfile

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GAA president John Horan has announced that the association is planning to double the funding towards the development of club pitches and club facilities from €2m to €4m over the next four years.

He made the announcement in the latest GAA Club Newsletter.

In the last six years there has been more than €12m made available specifically for club redevelopments all across the country through payments from the National Finance Management Committee.

In 2017, €2.1m was made available but Horan has committed to making up to €4m available every year by 2021.

“Traveling around the country visiting our Clubs, it never ceases to amaze and impress me when I see the pride and passion evident through the investment in facilities made by our network of Clubs," he said.

“Big or small, whether successful in Championships or not, the work done by our Clubs to provide the best facilities possible for our players and members is inspirational.

“The bulk of the work done by Clubs is money raised by these Clubs through incredible fundraising efforts and initiatives.

“It is helped by the generosity and support of their members and local communities and in places through the important allocation of State and National Lottery support.

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“The GAA is also committed to playing a part in assisting our Clubs in this work.

“More than a thousand Clubs have benefitted from the receipt of not just our financial support towards their redevelopment work but, also financial advice and guidance from Director of finance Ger Mulryan and National Finance Manager Kathy Slattery in Croke Park and the National Financial Management Committee led by Colin Morgan.

“I am delighted to be able to announce that the decision to significantly increase this level of funding for Club projects will further ease the financial burden on Clubs, make it possible for more Clubs than ever before to be involved and add to the already magnificent list of GAA Club facilities across cities, towns, villages and parishes that are the envy of other sports and provide such a vital amenity to their communities.”

Clubs are urged to contact their provincial councils to see if they are eligible to receive a grant.

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