Boost for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in Kerry


The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

CA­HER­SIVEEN’S Coláiste na Sceilge and the Kerry Com­mu­nity Coach­ing Pro­gramme each re­ceived a slice of the gov­ern­ment’s €2.9 mil­lion in­vest­ment fund un­der the Na­tional Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Plan, ad­min­is­tered by Sport Ire­land.

Min­ster of State for Tourism and Sport, Bren­dan Griffin an­nounced that €83,666 is to be made avail­able for sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties with Coláiste na Sceilge re­ceiv­ing €70,333 for the de­vel­op­ment of a Com­mu­nity Sport and Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Hub which will max­imise the par­tic­i­pa­tion and po­ten­tial of a range of school sports fa­cil­i­ties to the wider com­mu­nity, and in par­tic­u­lar the re­fur­bish­ment of its school gym. An al­lo­ca­tion of €13,333 has also been ear­marked for the Kerry Com­mu­nity Coach­ing Pro­gramme.

Speak­ing at the an­nounce­ment in Kil­lar­ney on Mon­day, Min­is­ter Griffin said the fund­ing sup­ports the de­liv­ery of sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity ini­tia­tives across the county un­der the Na­tional Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Plan.

“This com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme of ini­tia­tive sup­ports gives peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and those from so­cially, eco­nom­i­cally and ed­u­ca­tion­ally dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds the op­por­tu­nity to take part in sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity,” said Min­is­ter Griffin.

Mr Griffin added the range of ini­tia­tives is a re­sult of close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween his depart­ment, Sport Ire­land, the Lo­cal Sports Part­ner­ship Net­work and the Na­tional Gov­ern­ing Bod­ies for Sport.

Chair­man of Sport Ire­land, Kieran Mul­vey said the in­vest­ment im­pacts pos­i­tively on lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and sports or­gan­i­sa­tions, while Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Sport Ire­land, John Treacy the ob­jec­tives of the Na­tional Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Plan al­lows Sport Ire­land, in con­junc­tion with the Na­tional Gov­ern­ing Bod­ies for Sport and the Lo­cal Sports Part­ner­ship, to play a lead role in mak­ing sure more peo­ple are ac­tive on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

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