Where is the funding spent?
Last week's funding for sports was announced and we shared the news of €527,926 to 21 Irish Sailing Clubs. So we thought you may like to know about a few of the projects.
Galway City Sailing Club awarded €12,611 towards club dinghies
The club started with just two boats and now has a fleet of modern boats, including Argos and Picos dinghies, and support RIBs, thanks to the help and advice from Irish Sailing. This allows the club to support transition year projects, and school team racing. The club, having become Irish Sailing accredited also has a Topper sailing team and fleet and a powerboat centre. This building of sailing capacity in Galway City has also enabled the club to support sailing-related requests from organisations such as Irish Sailing for training and Sea Fest in Galway. Volunteer teamwork and local support has helped this club become a positive influence for its young members, provide profesional training and provide sailing for those with disabilities. The award of the Sports Capital Grant clearly goes a long way towards making their vision as an 'accessible sailing club in the heart of Galway City' a reality.
Great Island Sailing Club in Cobh awarded €15,190 towards dinghies and rescue boats
The dinghies and rescue boats will help to increase their capacity to provide Saturday sailing to local children, schools, scouts and local youth roups, as well as Irish Sailing certified training through the summer. This then furthers their capacity to encourage teenagers to them give keelboat sailing a try in the harbour leagues and help bridge the gap between Dinghy sailing and Cruiser sailing.
Courtown Sailing Club awarded €76,670 towards new sail training boats
The club applied for funding for new equipment last October with help from Sarah-Louise Rossiter and the staff at Irish Sailing who advised on the what type of funding they should look for. It was important that whatever we applied for had to be inclusive to all persons.
They will be buying new sail training boats for the many children that come through their gates and for a bigger boat that would be able to accommodate a family of 4, as well as a new rescue vessel. A total of 11 new craft for the club, to be used for sail training for all the family. This will see the club fully equipped for the foreseeable future and will be very welcomed by all their members.
We will share some more funding stories with you in future news pieces and return to the clubs when the boats are in place to see the impact this funding has on our sport.