Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said that the Sports Capital Programme 2016 is of great importance to local communities and provides essential amenities for young people in particular.
He was commenting amid confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport that ‘no decision has been made on the timing of any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme.’
Deputy O’Brien said: “Investment in communities through the programme has been hugely successful and of great benefit to the greater Fingal area for many years.
“I know from working with groups locally that this funding is extremely important and helps improve sports clubs and other facilities which are of huge benefit to teenagers and clubs in the community.
“It is critical that this government builds on years of investment in communities, facilities and sports equipment for clubs and groups across Ireland.
“This Government must ensure that this funding is provided as a matter of urgency in order to recognise the positive impact that this much needed funding has had locally. It must not slip down the agenda.
“I will continue to stress the importance of publishing the 2016 Capital Sports Grants Scheme, in order to enable sports and community groups and associations to apply for much needed funding to assist them with maximising participation in physical education. ” concluded O’Brien.
Any interested group should register online now at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie