Rowing Ireland would like to thank the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin and their departmental officials for their endorsing of the need to increase investment of all area’s of sport in Ireland. The National Sports Policy recently published by the Government is already such a positive step forward to supporting the work of NGB’s and Local Sports partnerships. The launch of the National Sports Policy clearly outlined the need for funding in all areas of sport.
Rowing Ireland are delighted to be in a position to deliver many of the key items on this plan, from High Performance to participation. On the water rowing and indoor rowing are growing exponentially in our schools, clubs and universities for all ages. We are in a great place with our recent success at the World Rowing, European and World U23 Championships. Our clubs are full of eager and new participants of all ages. Our Schools programme Get Going…Get Rowing which is one of the most successful Women in Sport initiatives in the country that has been nominated by World Rowing (FISA) for a recent IOC Women in Sport award.
Rowing Ireland CEO Michelle Carpenter commented on the funding saying “We are delighted that the Minister’s has allocated this money to Sport. We have been advocating the need for this investment for some time, particularly in our own sport where we are now classified as second in the World in Olympic boat classes. Additionally we know clubs are constantly working with all area’s of the population from children to older adults and are sport is growing at the seams. This boost when distributed could be a huge step forward for us supporting our World Class athletes, coaches, volunteers and clubs. We know that we are punching above our weight for a small sport and look forward to the allocation announcement in January 2019.”
The additional €6.5 million that was announced yesterday will be an additional funding block that will be on top of the €1.5 million announced across a number of Olympic and other sports in August 2018.
Details of the 2019 expenditure is as follow:
- €2.3 Million Additional Core Funding for NGB’s
- €1.5 Million Extra for High-Performance Sport
- €1 Million Extra for Women in Sport
- €1 Million Extra for Disability Officers in Local Sports Partnerships
- €700,000 Extra for Gaelic Players Association