A total of 15 groups in Laois are celebrating the awarding of grants to fund physical activity for older people. The Go for Life Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland is awarding over €4,540 to groups around Laois, and nationwide grants totalling almost €300,000.
The aim of the grants is to improve the health and wellbeing of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport. Groups benefitting this year include Men’s Sheds, ICA guilds, Active Retirement Groups, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centres and many others who provide older people with opportunities to get active.
The successful Laois groups are: 50 + Active Age Group Portlaoise ARA, Abbeyleix ARA, Abbeyleix ICA, Ballyroan ICA, Camross ARA, Castletown ICA (Laois), Clonad ICA, Clonaslee ICA, Cullohill ICA, Emo ARA, Happy Hearts Portarlington ARA, Laois Sports Partnership, Mountmellick ARA, Mountmellick ICA, and Rathdowney ARA
The Grant Scheme is part of Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme, funded by Sport Ireland and delivered nationally with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE. The goal of the grants scheme is to encourage older people to get involved in sport and physical activity in their communities and the funds allocated are used by groups to buy equipment, run sports events or to try new activities.