Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Sport, Kevin O’Keeffe TD has said that in light of the new round of funding for the Sports Capital Grant, discussions must take place between sporting organisations, schools and education bodies to ensure that there is no duplication of applications for similar projects.

“The Department has a limited pot of money from which to support projects up and down the country. It would be very foolish if different organisations in the same communities, or indeed counties, applied without communicating with each other.”

“I would encourage discussions to take place between now, and the opening of the scheme, between schools, sports clubs and perhaps the local Education and Training Board, to ensure that there is no duplication,” said the Cork East TD.

“An integrated approach to sports and recreation is necessary if we are to meet head on the challenge of a more sedentary lifestyle.”

“In many circumstances, sports clubs lack the land to develop, whereas schools often have adequate land.”

“It would make sense from a economic and sporting sense for these types of organisations to work together, submit joint applications and ensure that new sporting and recreation facilities are made available to the entire community.”

“I would hope that the Department of Transport and Schools would look favourably on joint applications of this nature as they would provide whole-community improvements in terms of access to sports and recreation facilities,” concluded O’Keeffe.