Al­most €800,000 in sport grant aid for Wex­ford clubs

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

A TO­TAL of 23 sports clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions across the Wex­ford dis­trict will re­ceive €731,000 in Sports Cap­i­tal Grants, with grants rang­ing in value from €1,000 up to €85,000.

The Sports Cap­i­tal Pro­gramme was re­in­stated in 2012, hav­ing been cut in 2008 as a re­sult of the re­ces­sion. Since 2012, grants have been al­lo­cated in 2012, 2014 and 2015. In to­tal, 64 Co. Wex­ford clubs re­ceived €1,888,031 this year.

The grants are the gov­ern­ment’s pri­mary means of pro­vid­ing fund­ing to sport and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions at lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional level through­out the coun­try. Since 1998, more than 10,000 projects have re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately €911m. The fa­cil­i­ties that have been funded range from sports equip­ment for the small­est clubs to na­tional cen­tres of sport­ing ex­cel­lence.

Cur­r­a­cloe United Trust Co. Ltd. re­ceived the big­gest al­lo­ca­tion in the Wex­ford dis­trict and club, a to­tal of €85,000. Chair­man Alan Mon­a­han said they were de­lighted to re­ceive the good news, re­mark­ing that the money would go to­wards the planned as­tro­turf pitch at their grounds.

‘We have over 100 fam­i­lies tied to the club through the un­der­age sec­tion, as well as adult teams. It is a to­tally com­mu­nity and fam­ily-based club. I’m in­volved for 30 years and ev­ery­one who is in­volved has been here for the long run.’

He said the club had been hold­ing var­i­ous fundrais­ers in re­cent years and was now half­way to its re­quired tar­get. Their aim, he said, was to raise money and com­plete their de­vel­op­ment without putting the club in debt.

The club de­vel­op­ment will in­clude a three-quar­ter size as­tro­turf pitch, flood­lit and fenced. He added that the club was con­sis­tently send­ing play­ers for­ward to county and na­tional de­vel­op­ment squads and had seen former player Kevin O’Con­nor tak­ing to the field for Pre­ston North End, along with a num­ber of play­ers who had been picked up by League of Ire­land teams.

‘Our num­bers are su­per, we are con­stantly see­ing play­ers go­ing on to big­ger and bet­ter things and we want that to con­tinue.’

In Wex­ford town, Wex­ford Wan­der­ers RFC re­ceived €43,000, money that they hope will con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of a fu­ture in­door train­ing arena.

Club Chair­man De­clan Ros­siter said they were de­lighted to re­ceive the fund­ing, say­ing that it would fur­ther en­hance the fa­cil­i­ties at the club’s ground in Park Lane.

‘Our num­bers are con­stantly grow­ing – at adult and un­der­age level – and we al­ways wel­come new mem­bers. Our long-term aim is to con­struct the in­door arena.’

A sum of €71,000 was granted to Rathangan-based soc­cer club Fast­net Rovers, who plan to build a club­house and fa­cil­i­ties.

De­lighted Chair­per­son Colin Browne said a lot of work had gone into this project over a num­ber of years and it was, he re­marked, a whole com­mu­nity project.

‘We had help with the draw­ing and plan­ning process, and the ap­pli­ca­tion from all of the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing other lo­cal clubs like the GAA. It’s a rig­or­ous process. We ap­plied be­fore but were un­suc­cess­ful so we’re very happy to get over the line this time.’

The club, he said, had been one of the smaller clubs in the county un­til re­cent years when the num­ber of un­der­age teams grew from two up to 10. The club has adult men and women’s teams and last year in­tro­duced two un­der­age girls’ teams.

‘In the last few years, we got plan­ning for the club­house and an as­tro­turf pitch so this fund­ing is a timely boost for us that will hope­fully help us to grow out num­bers.’

The club, he pointed out, was debt free at the mo­ment and they hoped that with this grant and some fundrais­ing that they would be able to com­plete their club­house and look to­wards de­vel­op­ing their as­tro­turf pitch then.

Alan Mon­a­han, Cur­r­a­cloe United: money will go to­wards as­tro­turf pitch.

De­clan Ros­siter, Wex­ford Wan­der­ers RFC: cash will en­hance fa­cil­i­ties at Park Lane.

Colin Browne, Fast­net Rovers: fund­ing is a ‘timely boost’ for the club.

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