Limerick Sports Partnership receive funding as part of a €26m investment announced by Sport Ireland this week. Pictured were Paul McDermott, Director of High Performance, Minister for Sport and Physical Education Thomas Byrne, Sport Ireland CEO Dr Una May, Louise Burke, Director of Participation
Limerick Sports Partnership support of more than half-a-million Euros has been secured through Sport Ireland it has been announced.
The Limerick Sports Partnership support receive the €554,730 funding as part of a €26m investment announced by Sport Ireland this week to National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs) and to the network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) for 2023.
This year’s figures see a €1m (six per cent) increase in allocation to the National Governing Bodies on 2022 with funding Investment into the Local Sports Partnerships remaining at the same level as previously, a total of €10,365,000 being allocated across the 29 Local Sport Partnerships.
This increased investment provides Sport Ireland with an opportunity to support most governing bodies with a cost-of-living increase for 2023 along with continued targeted investment in a number of specific areas.
Human resourcing in the Local Sports Partnerships has been prioritised, with additional funding for the resourcing of Local Sports Partnership Development Officers and Sport Inclusion Disability Officers to assist with the ongoing vital work being undertaken across the country.
Sports Coordinator for Limerick Sports Partnership, Phelim Macken said the funding is “very welcome” and is a “positive allocation” for Limerick Sports Partnership. He noted the allocation includes ” core staffing costs, operational costs, programme funding and women in sport supports”.
“We were successful in securing one of the new posts, a physical activity for health officer positions,” said Mr Macken, continuing, “This role will target and support those with chronic conditions to re-engage in physical activity where possible. We want to thank the Minister and Sport Ireland for their continued support for the sports partnership and the Limerick community.”
Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne T.D., said: “This significant funding package will support the implementation of important programmes and activities through the National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships in 2023 and is a critical support for the sector and for the ongoing implementation of the National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027.”
The Minister of State said cost of living pressures have an “impact across the sector” and the announcement of increased funding “will ensure that sports clubs across the country are supported in addressing the challenge of rising costs” when allied with Government energy supports.
I more funding allocations, Age & Opportunity will receive €620,000 for their “Go for Life” programme, while Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland will receive €140,000 for Disability Awareness and Disability Inclusion programmes.
The Federation of Irish Sport and Student Sport Ireland will receive €125,000 and €70,000 respectively.
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, Una May, commented, “The Core Grant Funding will enable Sport Ireland to further support our National Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Sports Partnerships to provide equal opportunities in sport for everyone.
“The National Sports Policy 2018-2027 has provided the framework for Sport in Ireland to continue to grow and this investment through the NGBs and LSPs 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.”
As with previous funding announced, the investment is closely aligned with the National Sports Policy 2018-2027 and the National Physical Activity Plan. A particular emphasis is placed on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, making sport and physical activity accessible to people with a disability and the development of programmes to address transitions and increase volunteer supports.
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