Rowing Ireland receive Additional Dormant Account Funding

25.09.20

Rowing Ireland is delighted to receive a grant from the Dormant Accounts Funding of €83,000 which will support our Get Going…Get Rowing, Rowability, and new Volunteer support programme.

Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport, and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD and Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, today announced an investment package of €7.3 million in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.

Rowing Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Carpenter, said, “We are delighted to receive this additional support through the Dormant Accounts Funding. The Get Going…Get Rowing Programme has brought rowing to communities and other sections of society that rowing wouldn’t have been accessible to historically. Since the launch of the programme in 2014, we have seen a continuous annual increase in participation in the programme. In 2019, the programme engaged 32,500 participants in rowing.

This funding will enable us to expand our Rowability programme, which we currently deliver in Galway, Limerick and Cork. We will be able to add additional resources that will help us reach more participants for our Rowability programme in these regions.

Through new volunteer programmes, Rowing Ireland wants to recruit, retain and develop volunteers for our clubs and our sport.

I want to thank the team at Sport Ireland and both Minister Catherine Martin and Minister Jack Chambers for their continued support in our sport. A vast amount of work has gone into this from the Rowing Ireland team through building the Get Rowing programme and collaborating with our grassroots clubs. This funding is a testament to their hard work and commitment to the sport of rowing.

This funding allows us to continue to engage new members and promote the positives of our sport for physical and mental wellbeing, as well as to work on areas such as volunteer support that is key to our sport, particularly at this time.”

Sport Ireland will administer the investment which is closely aligned with the National Sports Policy and the National Physical Activity Plan. A particular emphasis is placed on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, making sport and physical activity accessible to people with a disability and the development of programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.

Rowing Ireland would like to thank Sport Ireland, Minister Catherine Martin, and Minister Jack Chambers for their continued investment in Irish Rowing.

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