Over €460k in sports equipment funding announced for local clubs

Sixteen clubs across County Roscommon are set to receive a combined €290,000 in funding under the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme.

Roscommon GAA is also set to receive €172,629 for gym equipment and a new mower.

The news was welcomed by local public representatives this week, with Independent TD Denis Naughten saying the equipment will assist clubs in supporting local athletes and young people.

“Having worked closely with some of the successful applications, I have no doubt that they will have a huge benefit in their local communities. And I expect that further allocation of funding for other local clubs will be announced in the coming months,” he said.

Fine Gael Minister of State Frank Feighan welcomed the allocation of €106,771 to sports clubs in north Roscommon within the Sligo Leitrim Constituency including: Ballyfarnon Community Group, Boyle Community Tennis Association and Boyle GAA Club.

“As Minister of State for Well Being and Health, I would like to see more participation is sport especially among our younger population, the provision of this funding to improve club’s equipment will encourage more engagement in active sport and help realise the immense benefits that physical activity can bring to our lives,” he said.

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan described it as a “fantastic boost” for local clubs.

“With these government funds announced today we will see funding of €50,000 for a disability boat for Lanesborough Angling Club, close to €30,000 for Castlerea Celtic Football Club for equipment initiatives and €27,000 for Hodson Bay Celtic to improve facilities.

“With the Olympics taking centre-stage along with our local Olympians the past few weeks, it is good to see investment across a broad sector of sports such as €15,000 for Athlone Gymnastics Club and nearly €10,000 for Suck Valley Athletics Club. The South Roscommon Cycling Club also received funding of €9,000,” she said.

Senator Dolan added: “I’m also delighted to see the focus on women’s participation in sport through ladies’ soccer such as the Four Roads Ladies Football Club and we have two phenomenal ambassadors for women in sport with Aoife O’Rourke and Richael Timothy.

“The Sports Capital Fund is focused on accessibility and opening it up to more people to be able to play, be it team sports or individual sports which is good for the head and good for the heart”.