Tennis Ireland secures €150,000 investment for Women in Tennis Programme

Tennis Ireland secures €150,000 investment for Women in Tennis Programme

Sport Ireland today announced a €150,000 investment in Tennis Ireland’s Women in Tennis Programme.  The funding is part of a larger investment of €4million over the two years 2021 and 2022 by Sport Ireland in its Women in Sport Programme.

This investment aims to support NGB’s such as Tennis Ireland and enhance all aspects of female involvement in sport, namely, Coaching & Officiating, Active Participation, Leadership & Governance and Visibility.

Speaking about the Tennis Ireland allocation, Tennis Ireland CEO, Richard Fahey, said “the funding announcement is a clear recognition of the role that Tennis can play in engaging women and girls into sport and will allow our Women in Tennis Officer, Grainne O’Neill, to continue co-ordinating the delivery of the various initiatives outlined in our Equal Advantage Strategy over the next two years. I would like to thank Minister Catherine Martin, Minister Jack Chambers, Sport Ireland’s CEO, John Treacy and Women in Sport Programme lead, Nora Stapleton, for their assistance with this initiative and their wider support throughout the past 18 months.”

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD welcomed today’s announcement, stating: “Addressing the participation gap in sport and physical activity for women and girls is a priority of the National Sports Policy 2018-2027. In recent years we have seen some improvements in this area. The Government and Sport Ireland are committed to continuing this work with the aim of eliminating the participation gap by 2027. While the interim Q1 2021 Irish Sports Monitor, published by Sport Ireland, shows that the gender gap in participation has been eliminated during Covid-19 restrictions, there is a lot of work to do to ensure that more women and girls participate in sport and physical activity. As we gradually re-open society we must work to ensure sport and physical activity become a meaningful part of the day-to-day lives of all women in society”.

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht & Sport Jack Chambers TD commented: “The previous cycle of Women in Sport funding saw significant strategic advancements in the promotion of Women in Sport. Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, progress was made on many of the strategic objectives set out in the Women in Sport Policy. We are seeing the results of this work in the participation figures and importantly in the board composition of NGBs, with an increase from 24% of females serving on NGB boards in 2019 to 29% in 2020. There is still a long way to go to improving these figures, but the funding announced today will go towards promoting more involvement in sport and physical activity at all levels, from the pitch to the boardroom”. 

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy added: “The funding announced today will not only see a diverse range of sports available to the female Irish public but an increase in the visibility of females be that as role models on the pitch or playing field, on boards or in the media. It is important that we work together to achieve the ambitious targets and I would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Ministers and staff in the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media”.

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