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Funding Boost For South Cork Groups

There was a major boost for local sports clubs and groups in Crosshaven, Kinsale and Passage West last week as the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport announced funding for clubs to improve their facilities.

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan welcomed the announcement, as in total, more than 80 sports groups across Cork County are to receive a funding boost from the Government’s Sports Capital Programme.

The vast majority of grants are going to voluntary organisations across many sporting disciplines including GAA Clubs, Soccer, Rugby, Tennis, amongst others. Cork County Council will also be providing support to the projects, through a variety of funding streams.

In Crosshaven, three clubs benefitted from the announcement with Crosshaven AFC receiving €36,629, Crosshaven Tennis Club receiving €76,371 and the Royal Cork Yacht Club receiving €38,051.

Meanwhile in Passage West, €73,418 went to Passage United Sports & Social Club whilst Passage West GAA received €23,353.

In Kinsale, €54,080 went to Kinsale Golf Club, Kinsale Tennis Club received €26,130, while €57,077 went to Kinsale Community School.

The funding is the final set of allocations for local capital projects under the 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP), administered by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. The Programme is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level.

Welcoming the funding announcement, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan said:

“Sport is at the heart of the community, and impacts positively on the lives of all. Whether someone is on the pitch, or in the backroom; sport brings people together. Sport improves health, and builds a team ethic which carries through to other community projects. The majority of clubs receiving funding through this programme are voluntary, and great credit is due to the volunteers associated with these clubs for their commitment to improving their facilities to benefit current, and future members”

Meanwhile, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said:

“Cork County Council has great ambition for the strategic growth of the County. The Council is continually progressing ways to boost both economic and community development, which go hand in hand. We do this in partnership with many organisations. The confirmation of funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is welcome news for Cork County”

Coveney Welcomes Cork Sports Clubs Funding

Minister Simon Coveney TD has said that 108 Cork sports clubs are to receive €4,186,350 in Government funding through the Sports Capital Grant.

Minister Coveney said: “I am delighted that the funding announced is going to benefit 108 clubs in Cork. Between them they will receive €4,186,350. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building.

“This important Government funding will greatly benefit sports clubs across Cork over the coming year. The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by Fine Gael in 2012, after it was cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash. It is a real lifeline for teams, clubs and organisations here in Cork.”

“I was particularly delighted that Crosshaven AFC and Crosshaven Tennis Club have been awarded funding in this round of the Sports Capital fund – €36,629 and €76,371 respectively.”

“Cllr Aidan Lombard and I worked with the clubs on their applications and I am delighted that their work has borne fruit.”

“Investment in sport is also a really worthwhile policy objective for Government from a health point of view. Society reaps the rewards through improved health of the population. This is more important than ever with the rise in obesity.

A total of €37m has been allocated to 994 different projects with 37 different sports benefitting.  The 2018 round of the Programme saw the highest level of interest ever with 2,337 individual applications received.

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