WHERE THE IRISH TAX PAYERS MONEY GOES WHEN IT COMES TO SPORT!

Minister Brennan Announces Details of Irish Sports Council Budget for 2008

€11.91 million in core grants to national governing bodies allocated and €1.57 million in Women in Sport grants announced
The wide range of Irish sports, from angling to volleyball, gathered in Dublin today to hear the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr Seamus Brennan T.D. announce €13.5 million in funding for governing bodies for 2008.

At a special reception in Dublin for representatives of sports bodies the Minister announced a total of €11.91 million for fifty seven (57) governing bodies for the core grant. This is an increase of 4.5 % on the 2007 core figure of €11.4 million.
Additional Exchequer funding was made available to the Council late in 2007 which resulted in a number of governing bodies benefiting from an additional €1.329 in investment for specific programmes for last year..


The core activities of governing bodies covered by the grants include administration of the sports, the employment of professional staff, coach development, hosting events and programmes aimed at increasing participation.

In addition, twenty five (25) sports were allocated grants totalling €1.57 million under the 2008 Women in Sport Programme, a specific initiative aimed at increasing the participation of women. The programme commenced in 2005 will have a total budget in 2008 of €2.8 million. It has proved extremely successful with the sports bodies that have rolled out a number of innovative programmes to attract women of all ages into sport.

Minister Brennan, addressing the representatives of all the sports bodies, commented: “This financial support demonstrates our commitment to the governing bodies of sport. They remain the key component of the Irish sports infrastructure. The focus of many is in the level of participation in sport and I welcome the emphasis on key target groups including young people, women, people with a disability, and in areas of disadvantage.”

Ossie Kilkenny, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council, addressed the gathering and set out the Council’s spending plans for the year ahead. The Council has a budget of €57 million for 2008, as announced in Budget 2008 last December; “Our investment strategy for the year is focused on the two key strategic areas, increasing participation and high performance. The governing bodies remain central to delivering on both objectives, directly receiving approximately 60% of our budget this year.”

For 2008 the Women in Sport grants were included in the annual application form and are announced at the same time as the core grant. This programme is part of a total investment of €20 million in participation initiatives by the Council in 2008, including Local Sports Partnerships and the programmes of the GAA, FAI and IRFU.

Direct supports to sports organisations will increase from €11.91 million to €16 million when funding for Horse Sport Ireland, the NCTC, the Federation of Irish Sports, the Olympic Council of Ireland, and the Paralympic Council of Ireland is finalised. High performance investment, to be announced next month, will be approximately €8 million and Council programmes (including anti-doping, research, Sport HQ, marketing & the National Trails Office) will be €3 million. The Council budget for 2008 also includes the €3.5 million set aside for Grants to Intercounty GAA Players.

Some Highlights for 2008
Women in Sport
Irish Gymnastics was allocated €50,000 to develop a new FUNdamentals based coaching course designed to slot in under ‘Introductory’ level – this course will be called ‘IG Springboard’.

Camogie (Cumann Camógaichta na nGael) received €22,000 to support a schools co-ordinator to further roll out the successful Spórt agus Spraoi le Coláistí programme.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association was allocated €50,000 to continue to support programmes to increase female participation in boxing, to provide information about the sport and to train more female coaches.

Irish Ladies Golf Union received €80,000 to expand the participation and coaching programme that was rolled out successfully in 2007 to add 10 more clubs to the programme.

The Mountaineering Council of Ireland received €30,000 to expand the Girls Outside programme to three new areas.
Special Olympics Ireland received €59,000 to continue to grow the Women’s football, the Rhythmic Gymnastics, and the Women’s Badminton programmes.

Triathlon Ireland received €50,000 to roll out women’s come and try weekends as well as coaching supports for women interested in developing their interest in the sport further.

Swim Ireland received €130,000 funding to support human resource positions to roll out their women’s programme in all areas of aquatics from the very young to older participants.

NGB Core Funding
The National Coaching Development Programme has been prioritised in many organisations with full support being given towards the delivery of the programme agreed with NCTC for 2008.

Cycling Ireland received a contribution of €25,000 towards a staff member to assist in the delivery of its coaching programme.

Irish Amateur Rowing Union received €35,000 for the appointment of a coaching resource to roll out the Coaching Programme.

Irish Cricket Union received contributions towards salaries of full time administrators, Cricket Development Officers as well as the National Coach. It also received €53,000 to support Senior, Women and Junior Indoor camps.

Swim Ireland received €117,000 to fund the roll out of it teacher/ coach education programme where planning has now been completed.

Badminton Ireland received a €38,000 contribution towards schools, Code of Ethics and Disability Programmes.
Canoeing Union and Mountaineering Council of Ireland, through the Adventure Training Programme support, in conjunction with NCTC, have received support for Instructor Development Officers.

The ISA (the Irish Sailing Association) received €30,000 to support the appointment of a Motorboat Development Officer to address training and safety in this rapidly growing area.

NGB and WIS allocations 2008

NGB

2008 CORE

2008 WOMEN
IN SPORT

Angling Council

30,000

0

Athletic Association of Ireland

1,300,048

40,000

Badminton Union of Ireland

399,150

109,000

Basketball Ireland

650,050

250,000

Baton Twirling Sport Association of Ireland

15,250

0

Bol Chumann na hÉireann

20,422

0

Bowling League of Ireland

35,450

0

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland

64,212

0

Comhairle Liathróid Láimhe na hÉireann

134,575

10,300

Croquet Association of Ireland

4,175

0

Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael

187,000

22,000

Cumann Peile Gael na mBan

220,296

304,100

Cycling Ireland

303,700

15,000

Golfing Union of Ireland

121,143

40,000

Horseshoe Pitchers Association of Ireland

5,850

0

Irish Amateur Archery Association

25,500

10,000

Irish Amateur Boxing Association

255,462

50,000

Irish Amateur Fencing Federation

28,400

0

Irish Amateur Rowing Union

203,886

14,500

Irish Amateur Weightlifting Association

17,400

0

Irish Amateur Wrestling Association

20,000

0

Irish American Football Association

18,750

0

Irish Blindsports

45,500

0

Irish Canoe Union

289,500

0

Irish Cricket Union

450,000

0

Irish Deaf Sports Association

71,250

 

Irish Gymnastics Limited

169,545

50,000

Irish Hockey Association

274,182

120,000

Irish Judo Association

0

0

Irish Ladies Golf Union

51,000

80,000

Irish Martial Arts Commission

25,000

0

Irish Olympic Handball Association

40,000

0

Irish Orienteering Association

52,800

0

Irish Sailing Association

334,019

34,000

Irish Squash Federation

227,050

18,193

Irish Surfing Association

69,950

12,000

Irish Table Tennis Association

91,100

40,000

Irish Tae Kwon Do Union

21,100

0

Irish Tenpin Bowling Association

25,100

0

Irish Tug of War Association

27,940

0

Irish Underwater Council

65,105

2,500

Irish Waterski Federation

13,500

0

Irish Wheelchair Association

281,125

0

Motor Cycle Union of Ireland

85,250

0

Motor Sport Ireland

150,000

0

Mountaineering Council of Ireland

227,000

30,000

National Community Games

315,000

36,000

Shooting Sports Association of Ireland

35,450

0

ONAKAI

13,500

0

Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland

79,872

0

Racquetball Association of Ireland

17,400

0

ROI Snooker & Billards Association

100,569

0

Special Olympics Ireland

2,849,188

59,000

Speleological Union of Ireland

26,050

0

Swim Ireland

640,000

130,000

Tennis Ireland

436,000

0

Triathlon Ireland

40,000

50,000

Volleyball Association of Ireland

214,250

50,000

     

Total

€11,915,014

€1,576,593

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