€ 735,000 for performance sailing

€ 735,000 for performance sailing

Performance sailing has received the 2nd highest allocation of funds from Sport Ireland at €735,000 in 2018.

Sport Ireland has announced its investment package for National Governing Bodies for Sport and High Performance Programmes in 2018. The announcement was made by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena today.

In total funding of €20.7m was announced which includes €10.8m to be invested in the core activity of National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs), €600k to Women in Sport programmes delivered by NGBs, €7m in NGB High Performance programmes. The Minister also announced €380k in targeted funding for High Performance projects which was allocated to five NGBs at the end of 2017 to assist with the preparation for key events in 2018.

Irish Sailing Performance Director, James O’Callaghan, shares his thoughts on how much this means to the performance sailors “It is a fantastic endorsement of our sport and reflects the efforts put in by our sailors,coaches and clubs throughout the country into the performance pathway. Despite the generous support the pathway still faces challenges to deliver a world class programme from junior to olympic classes.

2018 is Olympic qualifying year which is a huge milestone in the quadrennial. Our next challenge is to secure additional funding for capital equipment. The Irish Sailing Foundation, set up to bridge the financial gap, was a big contributor to the programme in 2017 and it is hoped this will grow further in 2018 enabling continued success.”

€323,000 has been awarded to Irish Sailing for core operations and €18,000 for the continued support and development of Women on the Water.

The full Sport Ireland media announcement is here.