‘We have done particularly well in Kilkenny’ – McGuinness reveals funding for local sports clubs
Funding of more than €315,000 has been awarded to sports clubs throughout the city and county in equipment grants.
The funding has been provided by the Government under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).
Local Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness welcomed announcement and outlined details of the clubs that will benefit in Kilkenny.
Deputy McGuinness said: “I’m delighted to welcome this funding today as it reflects the huge amount of work that these sports clubs undertake and the positive impact they have on their local communities. It is also a positive response to the many representations we, as TD’s, would put forward to the Minister on behalf of local clubs seeking funding.”
The Kilkenny TD said “hundreds of sports organisations all over the country” will benefit from the funding, but he added: “We have done particularly well in Kilkenny with over €300,000 of allocations. Some of the big allocations in Kilkenny include €23,842 for Ashgrove Pitch and Putt, over €23,000 for Castlecomer Golf Club, almost €18,000 for Castlecomer Demesne, almost €40,000 for Kilkenny Hockey Club, over €46,000 for Thomastown Athletic Club, and over €17,000 for Kilkenny Ladies Football Club and more. This is a great day for sports groups in Kilkenny,” he said.
The formal announcement €16.6 million nationally was made by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin.
Minister Martin said: “Sports Capital and Equipment funding is another example of Government helping sporting communities through these challenging times; supporting clubs and organisations to provide the facilities necessary to achieve our objectives of increased participation in sport; and help realise the immense benefits that physical activity can bring to our lives. Today’s grants will assist sports clubs and National Governing Bodies of Sport purchase the sports equipment to hopefully develop our sporting heroes and Olympians of the future.”
Kilkenny Mayor Andrew McGuinness added: “This is fantastic news for sports clubs in the city and county. I’m delighted to see so much funding provided and looking forward to watching these clubs progress. I’m particularly happy to see clubs benefit such as Kilkenny City Harriers, St. Patricks Centre, Warrington Equestrian Centre, Kilkenny Canoe Club and of course Ashgrove Pitch and Putt club.”
Full details of all allocations can be viewed at: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/471ed5-sports-capital-allocations/