26 December 2017
By Mary Bermingham
Cork North Central, Senator Colm Burke has said that a further funding allocation of €307,500 will greatly benefit sports clubs across the county over the coming year.
He said “ that a further €307,500 is in addition to the monies that was announced in late November which will be greatly welcomed by local athletes and communities”.
He was speaking as the successful applications under the second round of Sports Capital Grants were announced by Minister of State with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin and Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Senator Burke said: “This €4 million is on top of the €56 million announced for local projects in November, bringing the total 2017 sports capital allocations to €60 million nationwide.
“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 clubs and sports organisations all over our county. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building.
“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash.
“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,” said the Senator