Minister for Trade, Business & Employment, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen is urging clubs and organisations in Clare to apply for the next round of the Sports Capital Grants.
According to Minister Breen, the next Sports Capital Programme is expected to reach €40 million. He is putting local sports clubs and organisation on notice to begin the application process as soon as the opening date is announced.
The minister was speaking following a visit to Sixmilebridge GAA Club at the weekend where work has begun on a new sports arena at the club’s Cappa Lodge grounds.
Sixmilebridge GAA was granted €71,000 from the Sports Capital Programme in 2017 towards the new state of the art facility, having previously received €80,000 for works at Lodge Road in 2014.
Commenting on the grants initiative Minister Breen said, “The Sports Capital Programme is about supporting clubs and organisations with capital development work.
“There is no limit to the number of times an organisation can apply. In essence, if the project will enhance the facility to a point where it will benefit the community, then it will be considered for a sports capital grant.”
Minister Breen said there are many examples of how the Sports Capital Programme has benefited clubs, groups and organisations throughout the county.
As ground is broken in Sixmilebridge, he said it will not be long until the local community is benefiting from an indoor astro-turf playing facility with a viewing gallery and reception area.
“Sixmilebridge is a growing community of 6,000 people. As it grows so too does its recreational needs. The local GAA club, which now has more than 30 teams involved, is consciously developing its facilities to meet the evolving needs of the wider community and for this, it must be commended.”
He added, “I would like to congratulate Sixmilebridge GAA club on the work they have carried out to date at Lodge Road with the assistance of the Sports Capital Programme.
“I wish them every success in this latest stage of development at Cappa Lodge and look forward to seeing the new Arena up and running very soon.
“I am happy to lend my support to such projects when asked to do so, as I believe they are essential to the physical and mental well being of our communities,” said Minister Breen.