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Sport funding welcome but local Dublin clubs are losing out

Press Statement on Sports Funding grants

Local Social Democrats TD, Róisín Shortall has welcomed the announcement of funding for several sports and parks projects in Dublin North West but questioned the allocation system used.

Some of the allocations include:

Finglas Leisure Centre €71,000
Charleville Lawn Tennis club €67,000
Courtlands Park €46,000
Griffith Park €31,000
Ierne Sports & Social Club €19,000
Johnstown Park €132,000
Poppintree Park €41,000
Rockfield Park €150,000
Sportslink €23,000
St. Vincent’s GAA €100,000

Ms. Shortall said, “These allocations are welcome and hopefully will lead to better sporting and parks facilities in our area. The sports grant has become ever more important to local clubs in recent years as the downturn in the economy has seen a drop in voluntary donations and the amounts that can be secured through fundraising activity.

It’s a little disappointing that so few local clubs are benefitting this year. Dublin has 28% of the population but received only 18% of the amount allocated to local projects.

The criteria used to allocate funding puts local Dublin clubs at a disadvantage as some of the funding to national or regional sporting bodies that are based in Dublin count as “Dublin” projects. So while Dublin is getting some good facilities as a result of these grants it doesn’t necessarily end up with better facilities at grass roots level. Local community level is where funding is most needed and where you have the best chance of improving participation in sport.

 

Photo Credit: Francois Peters