The County Council has been awarded €70,333 for the development of a Community Sports and Activity Hub in Balbriggan, as part of the National Physical Activity Plan.
This grant comes as part of €2.9 million worth of funding for sport and physical activity projects to be distributed nationally by Sport Ireland across disadvantaged areas through the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Minster of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD announced the funding saying: “The comprehensive programme of initiative support through this funding allocation will give people with disabilities and those from socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity.”
The funding will allow for the employment of a Community Sports Development Officer who will be based in Balbriggan and co-ordinate local Sport and Physical activity programmes. The remainder of the grant will be used to provide sports equipment.
The council’s Principal Sports Officer Marion Brown welcomed the funding saying: “This grant is hugely valuable to the residents of Balbriggan. This is a fantastic investment in the town and I am confident that the development of a Sports Hub will have huge benefits on residents’ health, well-being and quality of life.”
Council chief executive Paul Reid said: “We have seen time and again the value of sports clubs and activity programmes to both individuals and communities as a whole and I am delighted that the residents of Balbriggan will have the chance to experience these benefits with the presence of a Sports Hub.
“This will help our efforts at sustainable community development in the town by using sport as a vehicle to enhance community engagement.
Balbriggan is one of nine new Sport Hubs to be developed with a further thirteen in existence.