Minster of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD, today announced €36,000 worth of funding for sport and physical activity projects in Kilkenny through the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The investment is part of €2.9 million being allocated to National Physical Activity Plan measures for disadvantaged communities which will be administered by Sport Ireland.
Among the initiatives announced are nine new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH), along with support for 13 existing CSPAHs. Funding for Kilkenny Sports Partnership provides €36,000 for the continued development of a Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub (CSPAH) in Kilkenny City and Ferrybank.
The Kilkenny City sports hub is located within The Abbey Creative Quarter and includes development of a new Riverside Garden, through the former Smithwicks Brewery Site, providing access to the River Nore and the National Monuments located within the site, development of an Urban Street for pedestrians and cyclist, development of an Outdoor Youth Space including a Skate Park and a water Sports Building with river access.
The Ferrybank sports hub, within Ferrybank’s – Neighbourhood Park, accommodates a large playground, catering for toddlers through to teenagers, a Multi-Use Games Area, an outdoor adult gym facility and a weather shelter.
The investment is aligned with the National Physical Activity Plan, with a particular emphasis on implementing programmes to promote physical activity and develop programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.
The findings of the tenth annual Sport Ireland Strategic, Planning, Evaluation and Knowledge (SPEAK) report on the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) were also published today.
The SPEAK report provides an overview of the work of the 29 LSPs across the country, and highlights the innovative good practice projects and programmes that are being operated locally.
Almost €17.2 million was invested in the LSP network, including benefit in kind funding.
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