FAI welcomes significant funding under 2017 Sports Capital Programme


FAI welcomes significant funding under 2017 Sports Capital Programme

The Football Association of Ireland has welcomed today’s announcement of €7.25m in direct funding for Irish football under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.
30th Nov 2017

There were 2,320 applications across 45 different sports for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s annual funding programme.

230 football clubs successfully received grants in today’s announcement, which precedes the regional projects funding programme – expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Such successful applicants of the Sports Capital Programme were as follows:

In the Dublin region, St. Ita’s of Donabate, were awarded €150,000 for the work on Phase 2 of their all-weather pitch project, with Leicester Celtic AFC of Rathfarnham receiving funding to the amount of €150,000 towards their resurfacing of their all-weather pitch, while Tallaght Town AFC were awarded €150,000 towards dressing rooms, toilet and shower developments.

Cork clubs such as Crosshaven AFC and Innishvilla AFC were awarded €125,000 and €100,000 respectively for their new planned all-weather pitches, with FAI Club of the Year winners Carrigaline United receiving €116,000 for upgrading developing works to their pitch.

Park Rangers FC (€100,000 clubhouse extension) and Villa Football Club (€114,000 all-weather pitch development) of Waterford were also allocated funding today.

FAI CEO John Delaney hailed the awarding of the grants, which he said would provide substantial assistance for the development of football across the country.

“I would like to thank Minister Shane Ross and Minister of State Brendan Griffin, and all at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for the awarding of these grants,” he said.

“The Sports Capital Programme is a recognition of the great work being done at Grassroots level by the huge number of volunteers working in football, and it provides important infrastructural development for clubs across the country, adding huge benefit to the communities in which these clubs thrive.

“Investment in sports facilities benefits the country as a whole, contributing to the health and well-being of all who participate, particularly for the younger members of society,” Delaney added.

The expected announcement of the Regional Projects funding programme, in the coming weeks, will focus on projects that benefit wider regions around the country.

The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme was open for applications from 23 January until 24 February 2017.

The full list of local allocations can be viewed HERE.