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€40,000 to be distributed to almost 70 clubs in Laois to help them return to sport

Over €40,000 is to be distributed to almost 70 clubs in Laois to help them return to sport and physical activities post Covid-19 lockdown, it has been announced by Laois Sports Partnership.

Funding was awarded under three strands. The Community Support Fund to support local clubs and community groups with the aim to impact participation in the COVID-19 public health era and support the goals set out in the National Sports Policy and National Physical Activity Plan.

Women In Sport funding is being given to raise overall physical activity levels among women and to support women’s roles within sports organisations.

While the LSP Club Development Fund, Small Grant Scheme, aims to encourage the set up of new clubs and assist existing clubs to increase participation.

Caroline Myers, Head of Laois Sports Partnership said: “We are delighted to announce over €40,000 in grants has been awarded to 68 clubs and organisations in Laois to support their return to sport and physical activity and provide opportunities for all to grow participation.

“Whilst restrictions have been difficult for us all over the past year, we look forward to seeing the impact of this funding for the clubs and organisations throughout the year and we encourage the people of Laois to engage in the many opportunities available across the County and reap the many benefits of being active.”

Under the Covid 19 Community Support Grants, 37 groups/organisations were funded from a total amount of €25,000.

Under the LSP Sport & Physical Activity Grant Scheme 2021, 14 groups/organisations were funded, from a total of €6,950.

Through the LSP Women In Sport Grant Scheme 2021, to date, 17 clubs/groups have been funded, the total for which is €8,300.

Laois LSP Community Support Grant

“Pedal Vintage” Durrow Community Bike Hire Scheme €650
Laois Durrow scouts €800
Abbeyleix AFC €800
Ballypickas GAA €650
Banríon Gaels Camogie Club €800
Castletown Community Centre €650
Clough Ballacolla Camogie €650
Colt GAA Club €800
Combat Kickboxing Laois €800
Community Hall Vicarstown €800
CRG camogie €400
Cuisle Cancer Support Centre €650
Durrow & District Pipe Band €800
Errill Gaa club €650
Happy Hearts Club Baton Twirlers €650
Killenard Active Retirement €650
Krav Maga Portlaoise & Midlands €800
Laois Cricket Club €650
Laois Marlins Swimming Club €650
Laois Traveller Action Group €650
Mounted Games Association €360
Mountrath Gym C/O BloomHQ €650
Mountrath scout group €800
Portarlington Community Centre €384
Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club €650
Portlaoise Active Retirement Assoc. €650
Portlaoise community and family resource centre €650
Portlaoise Ladies Gaelic Football Club €650
Rathdowney Guiding €800
Rathdowney Pantomime Group €650
Rosenallis GAA Club €800
Sarsfields Mountmellick LFC €800
Shanahoe Ladies Gaelic Football Club €600
St Fiaccs FC 650
St. Abban’s A.C. €650
Trilogy €650
Trumera Community Hall €656

Sports physical activity
Portlaoise Rugby Club €500
Portlaoise G40 (Mothers and Others) €500
St. Brigid’s Camogie Club €500
Mountrath Scout Group €500
Abbeyleix AFC €500
St Lazarians Abbeyleix Camogie Club €500
Castletown Community Centre €500
St. Fiacc’s Swimming Club €500
The Rock GAA Club €500
Sarsfields Ladies Football Club €500
Portlaoise Ladies Hockey Club €500
St. Abban’s AC €450
Timahoe Ladies Football Club €500
Abbeyleix Tennis Club €500

Laois LSP Women in Sport
Abbeyleix Hockey Club €500
Portlaoise Rugby Club €500
Laois Cricket Club €300
Portlaoise G40 (Mothers & Others) €500
The Cuisle Cancer Support Centre €500
Mountrath Scout Group €500
Lions AFC €500
St Lazarian’s Abbeyleix Camogie Club €500
Portlaoise Panthers €500
Ballinakill Community Development €500
Portlaoise Soccer Club €500
The Rock GAA Club €500
Banrion Gaels Camogie Club €500
St Abban’s AC €500
Timahoe Ladies Football Club €500
Portlaoise Camogie Club €500
Laois Kayak and Canoe Club €500

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