€34,962 has been allocated to Sports Active Wexford through the Dormant Accounts Fund to boost a wide range of sport and physical activity measures. The allocation comes as part of a total investment package of €7.3m in Dormant Accounts Funding announced by Sport Ireland countrywide.
The investment is for communities across the country and in particular for people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities. Included in the allocation to Sports Active Wexford is €17,462 for Sports Inclusion Disability project; €12,500 for the Volunteer Support Programme and €5000 for Youth Leadership.
In response to the announcement of the funding, Fran Ronan, Coordinator of Wexford Local Sports Partnership said:
“We are delighted to have the support of this funding to enhance the opportunities for people with disabilities and youth and volunteers to participate in sports and physical activity.”
Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, said:
“A key priority for Government is the targeting of resources at programmes that seek to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular socio-economic disadvantage. Similarly, we are keen to ensure that interventions are in place to boost participation levels among people with disabilities. The range of measures funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund is helping to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible for many people right across Ireland.”
Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, added:
“The positive impact of sport and physical activity on our physical and mental wellbeing cannot be overstated. The current pandemic has confirmed the critical importance of sport to Irish society and the uplift it provides to people’s spirits. While keeping us fit, regular physical activity is an excellent social outlet for many. The investment package announced today will have a positive impact on the health of the nation, and support the growth of community and social cohesion through sport.”
As with previous funding announced, the investment 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.