Grassroots football boosted by Sports Capital Allocation
The Government committed to a total allocation of €4m to all sports - €206,000 of which will go to football and combines to make up €7.25m allocated by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross and Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Brendan Griffin, as part of the Local Allocation of Sports Capital Programme funding.
The allocation of the funding breaks down as:
€76,000 - Kerry District League
€74,000 - Football Association of Ireland*
€56,000 - Football Association of Ireland**
*This will be specifically used for sports equipment
**This will be specifically used for renovations at Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford
The funding will enable Kerry District League to install a second full-sized all-weather pitch at Mounthawk Park, Tralee. This new all-weather pitch will help increase the amount of playing time for local youngsters and will also continue be used as an FAI Regional Centre.
The FAI intends to use the funding to purchase new equipment for 24 different grassroots programmes which will be rolled out across the country by 53 FAI Development Officers - this will include projects for Football For All, Intercultural, Women's Football, Local Initiatives in Disadvantaged Areas, and the Emerging Talent Programme.
FAI CEO John Delaney welcomed the allocated funding from the Government and the impact that the Capital Sports Grant Funding for Regional Projects has on Irish sport.
"It is extremely important that we continue to improve and update facilities, equipment and conditions for grassroots football around the country, and Government support with that is essential," said Delaney.
"To see the work that has been done in Kerry and Wexford to provide top class facilities for local players provides an insight into what grassroots football is all about as it affects communities, keeps young people active and healthy, builds relationships, and makes a real difference in people's lives.
"It would be remiss of me not to mention the excellent work being done every single day by volunteers around the country - at all levels of the game - and this allocated funding helps us to support them."