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In Pictures: Workshop held after record €3.5 million Sports Capital grant awarded to Laois clubs

Sports Grant
Photo Denis Byrne

A record €3.5 million under the Sports Capital Projects scheme has been given to a total of 61 Laois Sports Clubs.

The funding will benefit Sports Clubs and Communities across Laois.

The funding is for a range of development work being carried out by various clubs and groups – including astroturf, floodlights, pitch development and walking tracks.

Laois PPN in collaboration with the Sports Section of Laois County Council held “The Sports Capital Grant Drawdown Workshop” on Tuesday June 28 in the Council Chamber, Laois County Council.

The workshop was delivered by Ann Marie Maher, Sports & Leisure Officer, Laois County Council.

The workshop focused on ensuring that Clubs maximise their full allocation and draw down of the grant.

It also covered the process involved in the draw down of the grant support and the financial requirements of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for acquiring the funding.

Martina O’Moore from Clann Credo was in attendance on the night. Martina provided information to groups in relation to bridging finance for their projects.

Dan Bergin, Laois PPN Resource Worker said: “Laois PPN provide regular updates on funding opportunities to our 650 members groups and are delighted that a record number of 61 Clubs across Laois will benefit from Sports Capital Grants.

“The funding will upgrade facilities of Clubs all over the County. Laois PPN wish all Clubs every success with their projects which will benefit their local community.

“Laois PPN wish to extend our thanks to Ann Marie Maher for sharing her knowledge and experience.”

Ann Marie Maher, Sports and Leisure Officer Laois County Council said: “Laois County Council are delighted to support clubs through grant application and drawdown process.”

Anne Marie Maher Laois Co Co Sport & Leisure Officer speaking at the Laois P.P.N Captial Grants Talk Photo Denis Byrne
Pictured for the Laois P.P.N Capital Grant Talk at the Laois Co Co Chamber were Anne Marie Maher, Laois Co Co Sports & Leisure Officer Diane Seale, Laois P.P.N and Martina Moore, Clann Credo Photo Denis Byrne
Anne Marie Maher Laois Co Co Sport & Leisure Officer speaking at the Laois P.P.N Captial Grants Talk Photo Denis Byrne

Anne Marie Maher Laois Co Co Sport & Leisure Officer speaking at the Laois P.P.N Captial Grants Talk Photo Denis Byrne

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.