DEERING encourages all Carlow sports clubs to register for the Sports Capital Grant

13th January, 2017

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has called on all sports clubs and organisations in Carlow to register interest in the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) so that they may apply for funding when the Programme is open for applications.

“I would like to remind local clubs that the closing date for registration is the 10th of February and the closing date for the applications themselves is the 24th of February.

“Since 2012 €2 million has been paid to sports clubs in Carlow under the scheme. I have worked very closely with clubs who have successfully applied for funding in the past. Any club who requires assistance with the application process can get in touch with me and I will offer whatever assistance I can.

“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash. It represents an excellent value for money investment. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, and makes sense economically as well.

“The Programme funds: natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage); floodlighting; artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas; security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts; hurling walls and handball alleys; building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets; building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms; and non-personal equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators. The grant also covers other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance. This also applies to schools who wish to make a joint application with a sports club.

“Fine Gael in Government is using our economic progress to invest in communities around the country and ensure that everyone can benefit. Sport is just one important element of this. So far this year, over €22.8 million has been paid out to 680 organisations to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment through the excellent Sports Capital Programme.”