Over €40,000 is to be distributed to almost 70 clubs in Laois to help them return to sport and physical activities post Covid-19 lockdown, it has been announced by Laois Sports Partnership.

Caroline Myers, Head of Laois Sports Partnership said: “We are delighted to announce over €40,000 in grants has been awarded to 68 clubs and organisations in Laois to support their return to sport and physical activity and provide opportunities for all to grow participation”. 

Funding was awarded under 3 strands:

1. The Community Support Fund to support local clubs and community groups with the aim to impact participation in the COVID-19 public health era and support the goals set out in the National Sports Policy and National Physical Activity Plan.

2. Women In Sport funding to raise overall physical activity levels among women and to support women’s roles within sports organisations.

3. LSP Club Development Fund – Small Grant Scheme aims to encourage the set up of new clubs and assist existing clubs to increase participation. 

“Whilst restrictions have been difficult for us all over the past year, we look forward to seeing the impact of this funding for the clubs and organisations throughout the year and we encourage the people of Laois to engage in the many opportunities available across the County and reap the many benefits of being active,” Ms Myers said.

Under the Covid 19 Community Support Grants, 37 groups/organisations were funded from a total amount of €25,000.

Under the LSP Sport & Physical Activity Grant Scheme 2021, 14 groups/organisations were funded, from a total of €6,950.

Through the LSP Women In Sport Grant Scheme 2021, to date, 17 clubs/groups have been  funded, the total for which is €8,300.

See details of the clubs and amounts awarded below.

LSP Covid 19 Community Support Scheme:

Name of Club / Organisation:Total Award Granted
“Pedal Vintage” Durrow Community Bike Hire Scheme650
3rd Laois Durrow scouts800
Abbeyleix AFC800
Ballypickas GAA650
Banríon Gaels Camogie Club800
Castletown Community Centre650
Clough Ballacolla Camogie650
Colt GAA Club800
Combat Kickboxing Laois800
Community Hall Vicarstown800
CRG camogie400
Cuisle Cancer Support Centre650
Durrow & District Pipe Band800
Errill Gaa club650
Happy Hearts Club Baton Twirlers650
Killenard Active Retirement650
Krav Maga Portlaoise & Midlands800
Laois Cricket Club650
Laois Marlins Swimming Club650
Laois Traveller Action Group650
Mounted Games Association360
Mountrath Gym C/O BloomHQ650
Mountrath scout group800
Portarlington Community Centre384
Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club650
Portlaoise Active Retirement Assoc.650
Portlaoise community and family resource centre650
Portlaoise Ladies Gaelic Football Club650
Rathdowney Guiding800
Rathdowney Pantomime Group650
Rosenallis GAA Club800
Sarsfields Mountmellick LFC800
Shanahoe Ladies Gaelic Football Club600
ST fiaccs fc650
St. Abban’s A.C650
Trilogy650
Trumera Community Hall656
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LSP Sport & Physical Activity Grant Scheme 2021:

Name of Club / Organisation:Grant Approved
Portlaoise Rugby Club€                                               500.00
Portlaoise  G40 (Mothers and Others)€                                               500.00
St. Brigid’s Camogie Club€                                               500.00
Mountrath Scout Group€                                               500.00
Abbeyleix AFC€                                               500.00
St Lazarians Abbeyleix Camogie Club€                                               500.00
Castletown Community Centre€                                               500.00
St. Fiacc’s Swimming Club€                                               500.00
The Rock GAA Club€                                               500.00
Sarsfields Ladies Football Club€                                               500.00
Portlaoise Ladies Hockey Club€                                               500.00
St. Abban’s AC€                                               450.00
Timahoe Ladies Football Club€                                               500.00
Abbeyleix Tennis Club€                                               500.00

LSP Women In Sport Grant Scheme 2021:

Name of Club / Organisation:Grant Approved
Abbeyleix Hockey Club500
Portlaoise Rugby Club500
Laois Cricket Club300
Portlaoise  G40 (Mothers and Others)500
The Cuisle Cancer Support Centre500
Mountrath Scout Group500
Lions AFC500
St Lazarians Abbeyleix Camogie Club500
Portlaoise Panthers Basketball Club500
Ballnakill Community Development Association CLG500
Portlaoise Soccer Club500
The Rock GAA Club500
Banrion Gaels Camogie Club500
St. Abban’s AC500
Timahoe Ladies Football club500
Portlaoise Camogie Club500
Laois Kayak & Canoe Club500
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