Clubs benefit from Capital Boost

Rowing Clubs across the country, have received a huge boost this week from the Sport’s Capital Grant scheme. Local Rowing Clubs will benefit from a total of over €600,000.

Athlone Boat Club, who received €115,000 will be using the grant for Club re-development, having suffered in the last number of years from flooding, due to their Shannon-side location. Newer Clubs such as Blessington based Three Castles, will greatly welcome the boost for their Club with an allocation of €17,000. They already had a great start to their week with a win in the opening rounds yesterday at Henley Royal Regatta.

In addition to this, €150,000 was also awarded to Leitrim County Council for development of the new rowing course on Lough Rynn.

In the announcement Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring reiterated that Sporting Organisations are the backbone of communities across the country. He thanked everyone involved, particularly those volunteers who keep the clubs going. The Minister also underlined the Governments’ commitment to Sport especially their target to “get more people to be more active, more often.”

A total of 2,036 applications were made under the 2014 Programme, the second highest number ever received under a Sports Capital Programme. Many rowing clubs across the country have suffered greatly over the last few years from flooding and damage due to their locations and therefore will greatly benefit from the allocated funds.

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