€1 million in sports grants is 'good news and great benefit 'for Laois

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Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Kayley Phelan age 10. Pic: Maxwells

More than €1 million in grants for 51 Laois clubs and groups is good news and will greatly benefit Laois according to Laois TDs Minister Charlie Flanagan and Sean Fleming.

Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan,  said funding of €1,069,327 will greatly benefit sports clubs across the county over the coming year.

“I am delighted to see this much needed funding going to the places it will really make a big difference, our local sports clubs.

“This funding will benefit nearly 51 clubs all over the county. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy , but also builds confidence, independence and  promotes team building

Minister Flanagan said it represents an excellent value for money investment.

"It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically,” he said.

Fianna Fáil TD for Laois Sean Fleming has said the money is good news for Laois. He said it would help progress a variety of important works including pitch improvements, refurbishment of dressing rooms, the provision of walking tracks and the purchase of much needed equipment.

“This is a good news story for Laois and I am delighted that over €1m in funding has been allocated under the latest round of the Sports Capital Grants Scheme. This funding will have an enormous positive effect in communities right across Laois and will help clubs develop their infrastructure.

“While 51 clubs were successful in securing funding under the scheme, 9 others were not successful primarily on technical grounds. I will be asking the Minister to review these applications to see what can be done to help secure the much needed funding.

“Now that the funding has been approved I look forward to all the clubs and organisations carrying out the works as early as possible in 2018 so that they will provide much-improved sporting and recreational facilities for their local communities,“ concluded Deputy Fleming.

The successful applications were made by Laois groups under the Sports Capital Grants announced by Minister of State with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin and Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The Sports Capital Programme was reinstated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012. 

Details of the grants here

€56m in allocations was allocated nationally under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) to over 1,700 different sporting projects.

The SCP is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level. The 2017 round of the Programme closed for applications on the 24th February and by that date a record number of 2,320 applications were received.