Age & Opportunity announces grants for 118 Dublin groups to promote physical activity in older people

Paul Gallier Age & Opportunity, Minister Jack Chambers, Dr. Una May CEO Sport Ireland

The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme recently celebrated a momentous allocation of funding for sport and physical activity in older age-groups. The grants scheme, a combined initiative from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland, will distribute €66,845 across 118 groups in Dublin.  Nationwide 995 groups will receive grants totalling €514,120. 

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht Jack Chambers said: “The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme has been an incredibly beneficial resource in enabling older people to become more active and the grants announced recently are a further recognition of the importance of sport and physical activity in the lives of older people. “I want to thank Age & Opportunity for the excellent work they are doing in providing opportunities for older people and I wish them continued success in their valuable work to communities all across Ireland”.

The National Grant Scheme provides an accessible and enjoyable means for older people in communities nationwide to reap the health rewards from doing physical activity

Speaking about the grant, Dr. Una May, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, said that Age & Opportunity Active programme continues to act as a valuable resource in getting more older people more active. “Sport Ireland’s vision is that sport contributes to enhancing the quality of Irish life and that people of all ages are encouraged and valued in sport. To help us achieve this we work with Age & Opportunity to deliver opportunities and grants to as many clubs and groups as possible. 

“We are delighted to award funding to the Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme. Keeping physically active or returning to activity is more important than ever given the circumstances we’ve found ourselves in due to Covid-19 over the last number of years. The grant continues to act as a valuable resource in getting more older people more active and we are thrilled to share this good news with everyone today.” 

Karen Horgan, CEO of Age & Opportunity, said today’s grant funding is helping us create an Ireland where more older people are more active and more connected and the allocation of these grants ensures clubs and groups from all walks of life can benefit from the scheme. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Sport Ireland. Age & Opportunity works to ensure equality of participation for all older people, irrespective of background, culture, identity, setting or location. We are delighted that this year 383 successful applications were from designated disadvantaged areas. There were also 48 applications from nursing homes and 84 applications from day care centres.”

The successful local groups are Ballyroan Men’s Shed, Dominics Active Men Social, An Cosan CDP The Shanty Education Centre, Walkinstown Social Group,  Knocklyon Ladies Club, St. Finian’s GAA Club, Ladies Social Group Newcastle,  Kilnamanagh ICA, Kingswood  & Kilnamanagh Active Age Mens Club,  Active Age Ballyroan Community Centre,  Knocklyon Women’s Group,  Lucan ARA, NCCWN Rowlagh Women’s Group, St. Mark’s GAA Club, Firhouse Active Age Group, Women Together Tallaght Network, Golden Circle Killinarden ARA, Cheeverstown House Templeogue and Ballyfermot Sports Complex. 

Find out the impact the Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme has on groups around the country;

The Grant Scheme demonstrates the wide scope and ambition of older people across Ireland where keeping healthy and active is concerned. 

Walking, weight lifting, night kayaking, dancing, rowing, yoga, orienteering, swimming, cycling, curling and bowling are just some of the activities the grant will fund. The Grant Scheme is part of Age & Opportunity’s Active programme, funded by Sport Ireland, and delivered nationwide with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE. 

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