Minister Simon Harris TD today announced that 31 Wicklow sports clubs are to receive just under €1.1million in Government funding through the Sports Capital Grant.
Speaking about the announcement, Harris said:
“I am delighted that the funding announced today is going to benefit 31 clubs in Wicklow. Between them they will receive €1,079,820. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building.
“This important Government funding will greatly benefit sports clubs across Wicklow over the coming year. The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by Fine Gael in 2012, after it was cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash. It is a real lifeline for teams, clubs and organisations here in County Wicklow.”
Among the Wicklow clubs and projects to benefit are:
• Bray Emmets GAA Club – for flood light pitches and improved facilities
• Greystones Cricket Club – New Farankelly Ground and equipment Project
• Donard Glen Gaelic Football Club – for facilities improvements
• Kiltegan GAA Club – renovation & extension to club house
• Newcastle Community Centre – for installation of showers and changing facilities
• Our Lady’s School Rathdrum – for a new school hall and mutli sport facility
The Minister for Health continued to express the importance of encouraging people from Wicklow to participate in sport.
“I know that the Wicklow clubs and organisations receiving this funding today will make great use of it to the benefit of local communities.
“It is so important to encourage people to play sport. Not only is it good for their physical health but it benefits their mental health too. Supporting sports teams, clubs and organisations is also tantamount to supporting community engagement and helps to foster strong community spirit.
“Investment in sport is also a really worthwhile policy objective for Government from a health point of view. Society reaps the rewards through improved health of the population. This is more important than ever with the rise in obesity.
“I look forward to continued success for all of our local clubs and sporting organisations,” concluded Harris.