Tennis Ireland Welcomes Announcement of a Resilience Fund for Sport

Tennis Ireland Welcomes Announcement of a Resilience Fund for Sport

Tennis Ireland welcomed last night’s announcement by the Irish Government that a funding package of up to €70 million has been allocated as part of a Resilience Fund for Sport.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister Ross said “The sport sector has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and many sporting bodies and clubs are experiencing significant financial challenges. We have had extensive contact with the sector and it is clear that the challenge is enormous and is being felt at every level. While the scale of this package may seem extraordinarily large, it merely reflects the enormity of the challenges being faced by our sporting bodies.  This new funding package will assist our National Governing Bodies of Sport and sports clubs as they prepare to restart their sports under the Government roadmap.  Sporting organisations and clubs are hugely important for the social fabric of every community in the country and we want to ensure that the sector recovers as strongly as possible from the current crisis. The Roadmap accelerations and funding being announced today will ensure the survival of our vibrant sport sector, particularly the network of clubs throughout the country. My officials will now engage with Sport Ireland to design new grant schemes, which will be administered by Sport Ireland.”

 

The funding package announced will support the sport sector through;

–   Funding of up to €40m for the three main field sports organisations – the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU

–   A Resilience Fund of up to €10m to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport

–   A Sports Club Resilience Fund of up to €15m to support clubs

–   A Sports Restart and Renewal Fund of up to €5m

Since the onset of the Covid-19 epidemic, Tennis Ireland has worked closely with the Federation of Irish Sport and other Governing Bodies of Sport in order to outline the damage caused to the sector from the Covid-19 pandemic and appealed for a Resilience Fund for Sport to help sports organisations and clubs who are facing particular financial difficulty to reopen and to adapt to the new reality as restrictions lift.

 

Speaking of the announcement, Tennis Ireland CEO, Richard Fahey said,  “We welcome the government’s  commitment of investing in sport at local and national level to help Irish sport through this unprecedented emergency and would like to thank the government, Minister Shane Ross and Minister Brendan Griffin for their support and recognition of the extremely valuable contribution that sport makes to Irish society. 

Tennis Ireland will continue to work with its member clubs in order to ensure that the tennis community benefits from the additional funding which will be administered by Sport Ireland.  The announcement of this funding is particularly good news for our clubs who, on account of their largely voluntary status, had been excluded from applying for some of the measures established for the business sector over the last number of weeks.  The announcement of a €15m Sports Club Resilience Fund and an allocation of €5m towards a Sports Restart and Renewal Fund will address these exclusions and support the club sector to cope with the challenge of COVID-19”.

The details of the funding programmes and how they can be applied for will be announced in the near future.