04 Dec 40k Funding Boost for Tennis Ireland
€40k funding boost for Tennis Ireland Enjoy Tennis Programme
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, today announced funding of €40k to Tennis Ireland in order to support the organisations Enjoy Tennis Programme which is successfully engaging with people with disabilities and encouraging them to get involved in Tennis.
The investment was part of a package of almost €4.5 million in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures aimed at engaging with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.
Speaking about the investment, Tennis Ireland Chief Executive, Richard Fahey said, “Tennis Ireland is delighted with the announcement of this funding which will go towards the delivery of our Enjoy Tennis Programme. There is a clear correlation between the provision of funding for sport and increasing participation, particularly for people with disabilities so this additional funding provided to the sport sector is very welcome indeed and we thank both Minster’s for their ongoing support for sport in Ireland”.
About the Enjoy Tennis Programme
Enjoy Tennis is the Tennis Ireland programme for players with a disability to learn and enjoy playing tennis in clubs around Ireland.
The programme was developed by Tennis Ireland in conjunction with various service providers, such as Stewarts Care, Carmona Services, St Michael’s House, Cheeverstown, Festine Lente, Sunbeam, Lakers, Vision Sport Ireland and the Irish Wheelchair Association.
The objective of the programme is to provide equal access to players with a disability to learn and play tennis. The programme currently works with 9 disability groups and is currently engaging with 1200 players nationally supporting the development of new skills and facilitating physical activity, social interaction and personal self confidence amongst the participants.