Zappone confirms over €315,000 for local youth clubs Funding to be distributed by ETB head office in Belgard Sq East
Small local youth clubs in the Tallaght based Education and Training Board area are to receive over €315,000 in funding, according to Minister Katherine Zappone. The money will be used for youth clubs working with young people in communities stretching from Lucan, Tallaght and to Templeogue. Minister Zappone’s office in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has released the funding, which represents one of the highest investments in an ETB in the country.
Making the announcement Minister Zappone said: “Our local communities have some of the youngest populations in the country and need youth clubs working on the ground. Small volunteer led clubs have the ability to transform lives by offering accessible services in the very communities where teenagers live – which is why nationally I have increased funding support by 12% this year. I have seen the impact of this work right across Dublin South West and indeed around the country. Through adventure, sport and the arts the clubs are giving their members an opportunity to learn and develop. It is very exciting to see and you cannot help but coming away feeling energised and positive about the future. The level of funding being provided to our local ETB reflects the large numbers of young families in communities like Citywest, Tallaght and Templeogue – as well those nearby such as Lucan and stretching out to Dun Laoghaire. It is my hope that the ETB headquarters in Belgard Square East will be able to get this money out into the communities as quickly as possible so as it can support the volunteers working with our young people every day.”