New fund­ing for Fingal sports

Fingal Independent - - OPINION -

FINGAL will ben­e­fit from €157,430 in fund­ing for Lo­cal Sports Part­ner­ships this year.

The Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment will sup­port the core work of the LSP Network here in Fingal, in­clud­ing the de­liv­ery of Na­tional Pro­grammes, Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing ini­tia­tives, Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment, Com­mu­nity Sports De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cers, the Sports In­clu­sion Dis­abil­ity pro­gramme, and gen­eral par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­grammes.

Some €2,550 will be specif­i­cally al­lo­cated to the lo­cal Women in Sport pro­gramme. This will fund sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pro­grammes for fe­male tar­get groups in­clud­ing women with a dis­abil­ity, women in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties, older women and teenage girls.

Wel­com­ing the news, Se­na­tor James Reilly said: ‘ The vi­tal work of the Lo­cal Sports Part­ner­ship Network in in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion, par­tic­u­larly among those sec­tors of so­ci­ety that are un­der-rep­re­sented in sport, makes a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the health and wel­fare of in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties here in Fingal.’

He added: ‘ The key aims of the LSPs are to in­crease lev­els of par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport es­pe­cially amongst spe­cific tar­get groups such as older peo­ple, girls and women, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, un­em­ployed peo­ple, and those who live in iden­ti­fied dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.’

Deputy Alan Far­rell TD said: ‘ The sig­nif­i­cant Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment an­nounced by my Fine Gael col­league, Min­is­ter of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Dono­van TD, will al­low the Part­ner­ships to con­tinue to pro­vide many sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties right across our county.

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