The Irish Sports Council today announced an investment plan of €25 million for 2014. This investment includes €11 million for National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), €5 million for Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) and €8.7 million for High Performance Sport and provides an overview of the Council’s investment strategy for 2014.
€10.6 million will be allocated to support the core activities of 59 Governing Bodies of Sport, including Rowing Ireland, which will receive core funding of €208,955 in 2014 (€212,137 in 2013)
In addition, €583,500 will be dedicated to Women in Sport activities across the NGB sector. Rowing Ireland will receive €20,000 in funding through this initiative, which will support the new position of Leinster Women’s Development Officer.
€8.7 m will be invested directly into high performance bodies of 18 sports, including rowing. This investment will continue to build on the success of high performance sport in Ireland which saw a record 67 medals achieved last year at European and World events across a multitude of sports.
Rowing Ireland’s High Performance Programme will receive funding of €380,000 in 2014, the same figure as 2013. Additionally, the Irish Sports Council will invest €1.6m in 85 athletes from 15 sports under the International Carding Scheme, which aims to provide direct financial assistance to Ireland’s most talented players and athletes. Five rowers will be funded under this scheme in 2014: Sanita Puspure (Old Collegians BC), Claire Lambe (UCD BC), Paul O’Donovan (UCD BC), Leonora Kennedy (Portora BC) and Monika Dukarska (Killorglin RC).
Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council said that “I want to acknowledge the sports bodies and partnerships that provide opportunities to support our mission to increase participation in sport and enhance high performance. I also want to acknowledge the Council’s commitment to the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary organisations. This code for good governance will further strengthen our sector, providing a guide on policies and procedures that will empower all Council funded bodies and assist them in achieving excellence in all areas of their work”.