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Last week, the Government, through Minister Michael Ring, announced that €40 million was being invested in sports capital grants for 2015, which brings to almost €130 million that this government has committed to the development of vital sports infrastructure across the country.

In teh last round, several local clubs and organisations in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown benefitted from funding, including, in Blackrock, Sion Hill College and Avoca Hockey Club for a new hockey pitch at Cross Avenue, and Blackrock Bowling & Tennis Club, for a new bowling green at Green Road.

Blackrock B&TC

The Sports Capital Programme 2015 funds:

  • Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)
  • Floodlighting
  • Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas
  • Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts
  • Hurling walls / handball alleys
  • Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets
  • Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms
  • Non-personal sports equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators. Anything set in the ground (such as goal posts) is not considered equipment.
  • Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance.

It is well worth putting in an application.

DTTAS sports capital

Information on the application process, including a copy of the application form itself, is available here, and a sample, completed application form can be viewed here.

For more information, go to the Sports Capital Funding website, telephone (064) 6627366 or e-mail sportscapitalprogrammes@dttas.ie

You can also contact me directly if you want any help or guidance.

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