23 clubs across Waterford city and county successful
Sports Capital grants will be announced separately in due course
Waterford Fine Gael Senator John Cummins has welcomed the announcement by government of €16.6 million in equipment grants under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP). Twenty-three Waterford clubs will benefit from an allocation of €281,318. The allocations can be viewed below;
Senator Cummins said “As someone who is qualified Physical Education teacher and someone who has been involved in many sporting organisations across Waterford, I fully understand the value of sport and physical activity for all our citizens, particularly our younger ones. Every piece of research shows that physical activity is good for our mental and physical wellbeing and that is why grants like these, which support clubs working on the ground, within our communities are so important.
He added “In terms of choosing the successful projects, the Department carried out a full assessment and scored the valid application based on published criteria. I carried out a large number of zoom clinics with sports clubs across Waterford earlier this year to assist them with their applications and I am delighted to see that many of them were successful today, while many more will be awaiting the announcement of capital projects under the programme later in the year. Special recognition should be given all the volunteers at club level who made the applications because they are the lifeblood of clubs and sporting organisations.
Senator Cummins concluded by saying “I will always advocate strongly for sports clubs and organisations that promote physical activity because of the positive impact they have on a daily basis. There was an added focus in this year’s programme on promoting female participation in sport which is hugely welcome because too many adolescent girls drop out of sport between the ages of 12-18. I want to wish all clubs well for the coming season and I have no doubt the money allocated today will be put to very good use by clubs on the ground.
Full details of all allocations announced today are set out on the Department’s website at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/471ed5-sports-capital-allocations/