Funding for outdoor gyms, playing surfaces

Funding of €441,223 for nine local authority-backed sports projects across Co Kilkenny has been approved by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring.

Funding of €441,223 for nine local authority-backed sports projects across Co Kilkenny has been approved by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring.

“This is a further allocation of funding for sporting facilities which are specifically designed to boost participation in sport. These nine projects will benefit from almost half a million euros in funding, on a provisional basis,” the minister said in making the announcement, which was welcomed by Deputy Ann Phelan (Lab).

All of the projects are designed to encourage people to take part in sport or to try out a new sporting activity. They include playing surfaces, outdoor gym equipment and floodlighting. These follow on from allocations to other projects announced at the start of the month.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan also welcomed the funding, including €80,950 for ‘Tone Zones’, which provide outdoor exercise areas suitable for all ages.

They will be located along or adjacent to existing amenity areas in Kilkenny City, Ferrybank, Callan, Castlecomer and Thomastown. It is aimed to complete them by the end of this year.

“The Tone Zones will compliment existing amenities and support the pursuit of an active and healthy lifestyle,” Minister Hogan said.