Noel Coonan TD has welcomed funding for 55 Tipperary groups totalling €17,130 announced today under the National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People 2014.
“This money goes towards, for example, Active Retirement Associations, ICA and Senior Citizen Clubs in Tipperary. Both North and South Tipperary Sports Partnership have also been allocated funding. Other groups include Millenium Family Resource Centre, Irish Wheelchair Association Roscrea, North Tipperary Communtiy Services and West Tipperary Arthritis Ireland,” said Deputy Coonan.
“The National Grant Scheme is a joint initiative between Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme and the Irish Sports Council. It funds groups and clubs who cater for older people around the country so that they can buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities.
“Now in its 14th year, it has, so far, awarded over €4.2 million in nearly 10,000 grants. The Irish Sports Council allocated over €600,000 from its 2014 budget to the Go for Life Programme to help increase the participation of older people in recreational sport and physical activity. This National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People is one element of the extensive Go for Life Programme which has resulted from this allocation. This year’s funding will be allocated to groups and clubs all over Ireland.
The National Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned initiatives designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity by older people,” concluded Deputy Coonan.