Minister of State for Sport, Michael Ring T.D., has announced an investment package of €305,000 from the Irish Sports Council to support Limerick Sports Partnership (LSP).
The funding will be used by the LSP to increase levels of participation in sport throughout Limerick, especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls & women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and those who live in identified disadvantaged communities. Nationally, €5million will be allocated to thirty LSPs for core, general programme and disability funding. This investment also includes HSE funding of €60,240 for the Get Ireland Active programme and €14,080 for the continued roll out of the Be Active After Schools Activity Programme. The Council will also allocate €115,000 to support the Women in Sport programme.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD said: “I believe it is extremely important that people are encouraged and given opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity. Participation will lead to a healthier society and an overall improved quality of life.” Speaking at the announcement John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council commented: “The Council has always placed a particular emphasis on ensuring sport is progressive and attracts participants from every corner of Ireland, from every age group and from all social backgrounds. This is a fundamental principle of the Local Sports Partnerships which aim to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport”.
Welcoming the news, LSP Sports Coordinator Phelim Macken stated: “The Government funding will allow Limerick Sports Partnership to continue to provide educational and whole of life physical activity opportunities for people in local communities throughout Limerick. This allocation is in recognition of the excellent work achieved to date by the LSP Staff and Partnership support from the LSP Board members.”