Minister Joe O’Brien and Cllr Karen Power Welcome Funding for Sport in Balbriggan

October 1, 2020 0

Minister Joe O’Brien and Fingal TD welcomed the announcement from Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, of an investment package of €168,500 in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures inFingal. Minister O’Brien oversees the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Joe OBrien Karen PowerThe investment aims to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

Speaking about the funding Minister O’Brien said:

A key priority for Government is the targeting of resources at programmes that seek to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular socio-economic disadvantage. Similarly, we are keen to ensure that interventions are in place to boost participation levels among people with disabilities. The range of measures in Fingal funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund will help to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible for many people.

I am delighted to see the Balbriggan hub receive substantial funding and that €80,000 was awarded under the Active Cities Fund helping Fingal to invest in sport and physical activity initiatives across the county. This will help to create social norms about the benefits of sport and physical activity and create programmes and opportunities for all in our communities.

Also speaking on the funding is Balbriggan LEA Councillor, Karen Power,

The positive impact of sport and physical activity on our physical and mental wellbeing cannot be overstated. Through sport we can also support the growth of community and social cohesion and so I am particularly pleased to see the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub in Balbriggan receive funding of €20,000.

The sports hub engages with Balbriggan communities to help increase participation in sport and physical activity, through new sports programmes, training & development, and partnership. The sports hub coordinator & officer work with schools, clubs, youth services and community groups in Balbriggan creating opportunities for people to try new activities.

As well as this the funding awarded to Fingal County Council under the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Supports is a very welcome move. It provides investment and support to reduce the barriers to sports participation for people with a disability through the provision of equipment and minor infrastructure and this investment is vital and will help to provide more inclusive sporting activities for residents of all abilities in Balbriggan.

Additional funding in Fingal was awarded under the Urban Outdoor Adventure Programme – which will create new opportunities for people living in disadvantaged communities to participate in outdoor adventure sports in urban settings – the Volunteer Training & Support Programme and the Youth Leadership Programme