Limerick Mens Health Week launch. Pictured helping to launch the event were, Jason Brouder, Monagea, Co. Limerick, Denis Collins, Abbeyfeale, Finbar Ahern, Castleconnell, Gearoid Balfry, Patrickswell, Peter Croker, Abbeyfeale and Luke Kennedy, Limerick Sports Partnership. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring TD has announced an investment package of Dormant Accounts Funding for Sport and community coaching through Limerick Sports Partnership.
The investment will include the establishment of a Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub in Croom and the creation of three Limerick Community Coaching Programmes.
The aim of the Croom Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub is to bring people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations. Supported by the Limerick Sports Partnership and Croom Development Company Ltd the hub will provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities and make it easier for people in Croom to get involved and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.
The Limerick Community Coaching Programme aims to deliver specialised training and education courses for jobs seekers such as ‘The Goal to Work’ initiative. The programme is in line with the Government’s ‘Pathways to Work’ Policy and seeks to empower individuals by providing a clear education pathway for those interested in working in sports development.
Speaking at the announcement, Minister Ring commented: “The Job Seekers Community Coaching programme in Limerick City and Newcastle West will give 36 unemployed people an opportunity to become trained sports coaches. The initiative recognises that many unemployed people have an interest in sport and may offer the potential to provide employment opportunities.”
Funding of €2,089,620 is being allocated to establish Community Sport and Physical Activity hubs across the country and create a National Sports Education and Training hub.
The investment will be administered by the Irish Sports Council and will aim to engage with communities across the country, targeting people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and disadvantaged communities.
Minister Ring concluded “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 improvement in the quality of life. These innovative hubs will support the sustainable development of sporting opportunities in Limerick and in communities across Ireland”.
Programmes supported under the investment include the development of an Educational and Career Framework, Youth Coaching, Volunteer Support Programmes, E-learning Programmes (Anti Doping, Child Protection), Training for Jobseekers (Community Coaching), Youth Leadership and further strengthen the existing Sports Disability Training Framework.
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