It’s good news on the sporting front here this week as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD today an investment package of €7.4 million from Sport Ireland, to support grass roots development in Rugby, Football and Gaelic games.
The announcement follows the €19.1m investment in National Governing Bodies, €1.8m in direct athlete investment and €5.4m to support the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships.
Announcing the package it was reported on NewsTalk.com that, Minister O’Donovan said:
“It is important that opportunities exist for young people to participate in sport and today’s investment will support the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU in continuing their extensive participation programmes aimed at encouraging and creating more opportunities for young people to participate in field sports. This investment represents a significant contribution to our communities and to the health and well-being of our young people.”
The announcement will see €2.4 million invested in the GAA, €2.7 million in the FAI and €2.36 million in the IRFU which will support coach development, club support, under-age programmes, volunteer support programmes, community schemes, referee development and targeting at-risk communities.