€116,740 funding to give disadvantaged in Waterford a sporting chance
Waterford Sports Partnership will receive €116,740 in Government funding to help local people with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in sporting and physical activities.
The funding, which was confirmed by Transport Minister Shane Ross TD, and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, is part of a national €4.2 million investment package in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.
The investment will be administered by Sport Ireland and will aim to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.
Investment in Waterford Sports Partnership includes further funding for Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs in Lismore, Villierstown, Cappoquin and Carrickphierish as well as funding for Volunteer Training and Support, Sports Inclusion Disability Programmes and the Urban Outdoor Adventure Programme.
Minister Ross said: “I am delighted to announce €4.2 million in funding for sport and physical activity measures through the Dormant Accounts Fund. This funding will enable our Local Sports Partnerships and National Governing Bodies to deliver a comprehensive programme of initiatives under the National Physical Activity Plan and in line with the National Sports Policy.”
Among the successful Dormant Accounts Fund projects announced are six new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs, with additional funding for 30 existing Hubs.
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, Waterford athletics legend John Treacy, said: “Key to the work of Sport Ireland is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in sport, no matter what their circumstances. The Dormant Accounts Funding will enable Sport Ireland, supported by the network of Local Sports Partnerships and the National Governing Bodies for Sport, to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities.”