Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, TD, has announced €41 million in funding under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) 2015. This is the third round of the Sports Capital funding allocated under Minister Ring, following suspension of the Programme, under the previous administration, from 2008-2011. 

Since taking over the sports portfolio, Minister Ring has placed a firm focus on increasing participation in sport and supporting the development of local sporting clubs through the reinstatement of the SCP. A total of €130 million has been allocated by the Minister for sporting facilities in recent years with €31 million allocated in 2012, €40.5 million provided in 2014, €41 million in 2015 and a further €17 million made through special allocations in recent years.

These allocations have provided support for more than 2,600 projects nationally and demonstrate the Government’s commitment to sports and to providing for local facilities and local communities.

Speaking today Minister Ring said: ‘The Sports Capital Programme ensures that as many clubs and organisations as possible have the facilities and equipment they need to allow the maximum number of people to get involved in a wide variety of sports. In addition to funding being provided to organisations such as the GAA, soccer, rugby, boxing and athletics, I am also funding equipment and facilities for more than 40 sports ranging from angling to weight lifting and a whole host in between. By investing in community facilities, these grants take the pressure off clubs and groups to fundraise themselves to provide for the upgrading and building of premises and allows coaches and other volunteers to concentrate on growing the sports they know and love’.

“The Sports Capital Programme is the most important way in which the Government assists in the development and refurbishment of sporting facilities and in the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.  Throughout the application and assessment process an emphasis is placed on rewarding clubs and organisations that share facilities as well as on applications received from disadvantaged areas. This year alone €14.5 million has been allocated to 305 projects that are located in or serve CLAR and RAPID areas. 

“As with previous years, allocations were made to counties in the fairest way possible; based on their population.  A system was introduced by me, on first coming to office, which saw any unused money which resulted from counties not having enough valid projects to take funds allocated to them, being distributed to counties which had historically received below-average per capita funding. This system goes some way to addressing historical imbalances which had become a feature of previous rounds. 

“The facilities that are funded under the SCP range from the smallest clubs to national centres of sporting excellence. With around 90% of SCP grantees reporting that they have been able to increase participation as a direct result of the facilities developed with these grants, the importance of making funds available in this way cannot be overstated.

“I am delighted to say that the allocations made under previous rounds are bearing fruit with €20 million paid out to grantees so far this year. That is an increase of 63% on the same period last year.  These payments represent improved opportunities for people that enable them to take part in sport to the best of their ability, opening sport, and all the benefits that come with it, to more people across more communities.”

For a full list of allocations please see the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport website below

The purpose of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to individuals, groups and organisations engaged in projects, events or developments at local or county level. The emphasis of the scheme is on providing a diverse range of funding for projects from Events, Sports and Heritage to Community, Arts and Business.

The closing date for applications is Monday the 2nd November 2015.


For more information or to download the relevant application forms click here...

Supporting Physical Education and Activity in Primary Schools.

Joint seminar organised and facilitated by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership, Kildare Sports Partnership and South Dublin County Sports Partnership.

Over 140 teachers from 100 schools attended the above primary schools sports and physical activity seminar held in the Citywest Hotel yesterday, Tuesday 22 September. Teachers and principals from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Kildare, South Dublin and further afield were introduced to research finding from Sport Ireland on the rates of primary school children participating in sport, both in an outside school, and the effect that participation has on a child’s prospect of a lifelong involvement in sport, be it individual or team-based.

Further, delegates heard informative presentations from the Professional Development Service for Teachers, Irish Primary PE Association, Cara Adapted Physical Activity Centre and the Local Sports Partnership Network.

The highlight for many teachers were the three primary schools that presented topics that work well for them, for example working towards the inclusion of children with disabilities into their PE class, working as a school towards the Active Schools Flag, getting the most from their teacher talents and resources to maximise effect.

The seminar was the second in a series coordinated by the three Local Sports Partnerships.  A similar seminar was held in 2014 for second-level PE teachers. Both events were kindly supported by Sport Ireland and the Local Education Centres.

If you are a teacher or know of a school that would like to know more about local resources please contact your Local Sports Partnership:

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership:; 01 271 9502

Kildare Sports Partnership:; 045 980 546

South Dublin County Sports Partnership:; 01 414 9000

The Federation of Irish Sport will host the inaugural Sport Industry Awards on 5th November this year at the Smock Alley Theatre.

The sports industry in Ireland supports 40,000 jobs, contributes 2.4% to GDP and stimulates €1.9 billion in household spending each year. The sport industry awards are intended to recognise and reward excellence in the business of sport whilst showcasing the contribution of this developing sector to Ireland’s economy.

Winners will be announced at the inaugural award ceremony to be held on Thursday 5th November at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Twelve awards shall be for up for grabs showcasing the various aspects of the sports industry in Ireland. Categories include established and emerging sports business, best mass participation event, best international sports event hosted in Ireland, best sports facility, best CSR initiative in sport and excellence in media coverage.

An experienced and knowledge judging panel drawn from both the sport and business communities including, former Dublin Football Manager and Veolia CEO, Pat Gilroy and Consultant and Santry Sports Clinic Founder, Ray Moran will determine the winners. Matt Cooper is chairing the judging panel and shall act as MC at the award ceremony. The judges shall not be required to select an entry where it is felt that no applicant has met the standard required.

The awards are being supported by a number of brands including Supervalu, Paddy Power, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown, Failte Ireland, WHPR, IPB Insurance, Leman Solicitors as well as the Sunday Business Post.  Full details together with information as to how to enter the awards can be found at and and the deadline for entries is Friday 2nd October.

Speaking about the awards, the President of the Federation of Irish Sport and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan said:

“We all know that sport is hugely important to us here in Ireland. However, the contribution that sport makes to the economic life of the country is much less known. Sport is one of the fastest developing sectors here in Ireland and indeed, between 2006 & 2011 there was more growth in the number of people employed as professional athletes or sports officials than in computer related activities. The Federation strongly believes that much more benefit can be derived from the commercial side of sport and to this end have developed the inaugural sport industry awards both to recognise those who have achieved excellence as well as shine a light on the economic contribution of the sector as a whole.”

He continued that “Irish companies such as Teamer have previously been shortlisted for the equivalent awards in the UK and with a growing number of Irish companies for example, Orecco and Kitman increasingly making an impact on the world stage, we feel it is a welcome development to have an appropriate forum in which to acknowledge such enterprises here in Ireland.”

For further information please contact Conn McCluskey 01-6251155 / 083-1285169 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Developing & Maximising Youth Athletic Potential

Conference Themes & Topics

The Conference will address a range of coaching and management areas relevant to the Youth Athlete and within an Irish sporting context. These include the optimal workload of the youth athlete which is of special interest to coaches, teachers, medical personnel, administrators and parents.

The topics addressed include 2 keynote presentations covering:

  1. Planning and Managing a Long Term Youth Development Programme (Des Ryan)
  2. How Behaviour influences Attitude and the Key Principles in Creating Better Behaviour (Dave Alred)

Additional breakout presentations:

  • Planning and Periodisation
  • Workload Monitoring, Management and Burnout
  • Injury Prevention Practice
  • Youth Nutrition
  • Mindset and Psychological Training
  • Coaching Technology
  • Speed and Agility Training
  • Fundamental Movement Development
  • Resistance Training for the Youth Athlete
  • Novel Methods of Conditioning the Youth Athlete

For more details and how to register see their website here