ISC funding boost for three biggest sporting bodies

THE three biggest sporting organisations in the country are set to benefit to the tune of €9.9 million after the Irish Sports Council yesterday announced its annual funding package for 2010.

The GAA are set to receive €3.15 million, the FAI have been allocated €3.61 million while the IRFU will receive €3.09 million, with the emphasis in all three funding programmes being increasing levels of participation by young people through the programmes that are established in the three organisations.

The money has been received from government funding, with the Sports Council investing an estimated €25 million from their own resources in the sport development programmes, making a total of €34.5 million injection into sports development in 2010.

With the IRFU, the Council will invest €2.948 million for under-age participation and €150,000 for the Women in Sport Programme.

With the GAA the Council will invest €3.156 million to support the Grassroots to National Programme, Hurling Development and Dublin GAA. With the FAI the Council will invest €3.36 million to support the implementation of its Technical Development Plan and €250,000 to support its Women in Sport Programme. Irish Sports Council CEO John Treacy is hopeful that the funding will succeed in ensuring the programmes succeed in increasing the numbers participating in the three sports.

“The FAI, IRFU and GAA share the goal of increasing the numbers of people participating in sport in Ireland. They have the capacity to make a major impact on numbers taking part in sport and they provide significant investment from their own resources to all of these programmes. These programmes are based on a shared ethos of developing the grass roots of the games, growing participation numbers and embracing communities outside of the traditional base of the sport.

“The Council funding supports detailed action plans which are implemented by the team of sports development officers in each sport.”


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