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Clare clubs urged to apply for €40m sports capital funding

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Community organisations and sports clubs across Clare have been encouraged to apply for funding under a newly announced round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

€40 million is being made available in 2021 under the scheme which provides support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure. Applications can be made online only until 5.00pm on Friday 12th February, 2021.

Clare TD, Michael McNamara (IND) described the scheme as “hugely beneficial” to community organisations and sports clubs seeking to fund capital projects such as pitch or clubhouse developments. “The new programme will again prioritise applications from disadvantaged areas, applications which will increase participation including female participation and disabled users and those which share facilities with other users and the wider community”.

“It is important that Clare clubs and organisations register on the Department’s online system at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Registration will enable clubs and organisations to make an application, view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate online with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media,” he added.

Deputy Joe Carey (FG) labelled the SCEP as “the Government’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country. The Covid pandemic has emphasised how important sport is to our society. As well as the pleasure and excitement generated by watching our sporting heroes, actively engaging in sport is critical for our physical and mental wellbeing”.

Carey continued, “To allow as many people participate as possible, it is essential to have appropriate sports facilities and equipment available. To assist in this regard, I am delighted that this government is making €40 million available for sports clubs and community groups right across the country.”

Recent data published by Sport Ireland shows the gender gap in active participation in sport is now at its lowest level. Deputy Carey said the Government is committed to prioritising increasing female involvement in sport as participants, coaches, referees and administrators.

Local clubs are urged to register and apply for funding on the Department’s online system at https://www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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