Dormant Accounts Fund has given Limerick Sports Partnership €280,000 in funding to engage communities across Limerick, those living in disadvantaged communities, people with a disability, women and girls, and people who are educationally disadvantaged.
Inclusion is a core value within the sport, with sports inclusion disability projects also being prioritised within the funding
Limerick Sports Partnership has secured €280,000 in funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The investment aims to engage communities across Limerick, focusing on people living in disadvantaged communities, people with a disability, women and girls, and people who are educationally disadvantaged.
Inclusion is a core value within the sport, with sports inclusion disability projects also being prioritised within the funding.
Projects that will be supported by the funding include Two Community Sports Physical Activity Hubs in Garryowen and Moyross, The Active Cities Physical Activity project, The Sports Inclusion Capital Investment Initiative, Youth Leadership, Training and Education Support for club and community volunteers and Get Girls Active, which is a new scheme being run by Limerick Sports Partnership.
The announcement was made by Sport Ireland of national funding totalling €6.1m in Tranche 1 Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures across Ireland through the Local Sports Partnership Network, Cara, and Sport Ireland.
Phelim Macken, Coordinator of Limerick Sports Partnership said, “This ongoing funding stream is central to the work of Limerick Sports Partnership in the community. The Sports Hubs are a great investment where multi-annual funding is secured to facilitate planning, progression, and sustainability.”
“Active Cities is a growing concept based on the GAPPA framework where we explore our role around, Active Systems, Active Environments, Active Societies and Active people. Youth Leaders and Peer mentors are a great asset in promoting sport and physical activity in the community and these initiatives will help ‘Get Girls Active’.”
“The sport’s inclusion disability fund will help purchase capital equipment to ensure all ability levels have the opportunity to be active.”
Minister for Sport Catherine Martin TD said, “This latest round of funding for the promotion and development of sport amongst those experiencing disadvantage or with a disability shows the Government’s determination to bring in a targeted and focused way the benefits of sport and physical activity to these marginalised communities. This €6.1m. programme of measures will help to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular, those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage.”
This investment is closely aligned with the National Sports Policy and the National Physical Activity Plan, with the funding being disseminated into three areas including Community Sports & Physical Activities Hubs (CSPAHs), National Sports Education & Training and Sports Measures for Disadvantaged Communities.
A particular emphasis is placed on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, making sports, and physical activity accessible to people from diverse backgrounds, and people with disabilities and the development of programmes to address transitions and dropout from physical activity.
Accessibility, availability, and opportunity are components of the Dormant Accounts Funding, with this investment showcasing the importance of increasing activity levels for people in Limerick.
Dr Úna May, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland said, “The Dormant Accounts Funding will enable Sport Ireland to further support our Local Sports Partnerships and Cara to provide equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their circumstances. The National Sports Policy 2018-2027 has provided the framework for Sport in Ireland to continue to grow and this investment through the LSPs and Cara will play an important part in increasing activity levels of people in Sport in Ireland and removing the barriers and preventative aspects for getting involved in sport.”
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