100k Funding Boost for Tennis Ireland

100k Funding Boost for Tennis Ireland

The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD and Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, today announced a new allocation of funding of €100k to Tennis Ireland. 

€50k has been allocated 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 with the balance allocated to support the development of an innovative online Club Management and Participation Platform for Tennis Ireland, its Branches and Clubs.

The investment was provided as part of a package of 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 new round of Dormant Account Funding, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, said: “A key priority for Government is the targeting of resources at programmes that seek to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular socio-economic disadvantage. Similarly, we are keen to ensure that interventions are in place to boost participation levels among people with disabilities. The range of measures funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund is helping to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible for many people right across Ireland.”

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 and a new online Club Management Platform which we are currently researching. 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 and Sport Ireland for their support for sport and Irish Tennis”.  

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.