Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy TD and Junior Spokesperson on Sport, Kevin O’Keeffe TD are calling on the Government to urgently clarify the Department’s position on instating the annual Sports Capital Grant Programme.
The call comes as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport confirmed during Committees this week that no decision has been made on the future of any further rounds of the Sports Capital Programme. Grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations across the country to improve their facilities and equipment.
Commenting on the issue, Deputy Troy added, “The severe delay in allocation of Sports Capital Funding is now a major concern for various sports clubs and organisations that have been waiting on investment to progress with plans and proposal to upgrade or develop facilities, for some time now.
“The Sports Grant enables sports and community groups and associations nationwide to apply for essential funding to assist them with maximising participation in physical education. This funding is crucial and helps improve sports clubs and other facilities which are of huge benefit to teenagers and clubs in the community.
Furthermore,“It is critical that this government builds on the many years of investment in communities, facilities and sports equipment for clubs and groups across Ireland. The Minister must guarantee that this funding is provided as a matter of urgency in order to recognise the positive impact that this much needed funding has had all over Ireland.
“Very worthy organisations have been in limbo as they wait for the programme to be introduced. The Minister must provide clarification on when a decision will be reached on the allocation of such a vital lifeline,” Deputy O’Keeffe concluded.