Brendan Griffin, Minister of State for Tourism, just announced Limerick Sports Partnership Sports Ireland funding shall new opportunities for sporty people across the county.
Limerick Sports Partnership Sports Ireland funding to create new sporting opportunities
The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin has announced that the Limerick Sports Partnership Sports Ireland funding will create new sporting opportunities for communities across the city and county.
A total of €355,576 has been allocated to Limerick Sports Partnership Sports Ireland, which is the largest figure in the country. Overall Sport Ireland has announced an investment package of €6.07 million to support the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).
Phelim Macken, Sports Coordinator with Limerick Sports Partnership said “We are delighted to secure this funding to help sustain and deliver new and existing programmes and educational opportunities that promote and increases participation in physical activity throughout Limerick.”
“These programmes and educational opportunities are specific to the following target groups: older adults, disadvantaged communities, women and teenage girls, new communities and members of the travelling community.”
“These target groups are identified due to low participation in both educational and physical activity opportunities. Limerick has received the highest allocation from Sports Ireland which is in recognition of the excellent partnerships that exist with local agencies coupled with the excellent reputation of LSP Staff, tutors and facilitators.”
A total of €6,074,333 will be allocated to support the core work of the 29 LSPs, including the delivery of National Programmes, Education & Training initiatives, Strategic Development, Community Sports Development Officers, the Sports Inclusion Disability programme, Women in Sports Programmes and general participation programmes.
Minister Brendan Griffin said: “The role of the Local Sports Partnerships in increasing participation, particularly among those sectors of society that are underrepresented in sport, cannot be overstated.”
“I want to commend the vital work they do which makes a substantial contribution to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and the nation. The significant Government investment will allow the Sports Partnerships to continue to provide many sporting opportunities for people in local communities right across Ireland.”
The key aims of the LSPs are to increase levels of participation in sport especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls and women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and those who live in identified disadvantaged communities.
Chairman of Sports Ireland, Kieran Mulvey said: “Sports Ireland 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. One of the fundamental principles of the Local Sports Partnerships is to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport and the investment will support the LSPs in the continued roll-out of programmes and initiatives which will get more people active on a regular basis.”
Speaking at the announcement John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sports Ireland, commented: “In 2017, Sports Ireland successfully secured €5m in Dormant Accounts Funding, with over €2.5m directly benefiting Local Sports Partnerships projects across Ireland. Through this investment, Sports Ireland will continue its work to increase participation across the country through a range of programmes and initiatives implemented by the Local Sports Partnerships. Sports Ireland warmly welcomes the support and contributions given to the Local Sports Partnership Network by statutory, community and voluntary groups right across the country.”
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