Sport Ireland have announced a €186,000 investment package to fund dormant accounts for the Wicklow Sports and Recreation Partnership.
The investment aims to motivate communities and groups across the county to become more active and focuses on removing barriers to participation in physical activity. This investment will target people living in marginalized and underprivileged communities, people with disabilities, women and girls, and people with educational disadvantages.
Rathdrum is being developed as an ‘active community’ with an initial investment of €60,000 in physical activity measures for the area, with the potential to increase this to €170,000 over five years.
Mr Michael Nicholson, Director of Service, Wicklow County Council, welcomed the announcement and the timely investment alongside the Rathdrum Sports Master Plan commissioned by the Council and due to commence shortly.
Carol Coad, Chair of the Wicklow Sports and Recreation Partnership, explained that Sport Ireland’s investment will act as a catalyst for the development of Rathdrum as an outdoor recreation center for the county, which will help achieve the strategic objectives of the Wicklow Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2020 -2025.
Over the course of 2023, a further investment of €61,000 will be made in the training and further education of volunteers, youth leadership and projects to integrate the disabled in sport.
Cllr Tommy Annesley, Cathaoirleach, Wicklow County Council stressed the “importance of grassroots investment for clubs and community groups to ensure they have the capacity to grow and welcome new members”.
Mr Brian Gleeson, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council said: “The significant investment, particularly in the area of athletic inclusion, will facilitate sports partnership and help clubs and community groups become more accessible and open to diverse membership.”
Wicklow Travelers Groups, based in CEART, Wicklow Town, will benefit from a €45,000 investment as part of Sport Ireland’s Urban Outdoor Adventure initiative. In association with Wicklow Sports Partnership they will offer a range of running, cycling and swimming programs to the community.
Aisling Hubbard, Coordinator, Wicklow Sports and Recreation Partnership thanked Minister Jack Chambers TD; Minister Joe O’Brien, TD, and Dr. Úna May, Managing Director of Sport Ireland, for her continued investment and support of the Local Sport Partnerships network.
She said it was the highest one-off investment Wicklow Sports and Recreation Partnership has received in funding the Dormant Account and this has been a testament to the power of the committee and partner agencies at Wicklow.
Information on all sports and leisure activities in Wicklow can be found at www.wicklowlsp.ie.