Renowned Irish rugby international Donncha O’Callaghan had the enthusiastic support of delighted young sports fans, Jack Whelan (6) from Tallaght and Grace Kelly (11) from Ballyfermot at the launch of the 2021 Texaco Support for Sport initiative. Now open to sports clubs across the 26-counties, a gross fund of €130,000 is being set aside for distribution to sports clubs on a twenty-six, county-by-county basis, with successful applicants receiving €5,000 in each case.
Last year, the successful county winner to receive a €5,000 award was Cliffhangers Youth Climbing Club who applied under the scheme for funding to ‘purchase additional competition-grade wall climbing holds at its Finglas training base’. Launching the scheme this year, James Twohig, Director of Ireland Operations, Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited said: “At a time when many sports clubs have had to weather difficulties and limitations of one kind or another, the Texaco Support for Sport initiative opens up an avenue to funding for those that need it most.”
Information and rules governing the operation of the scheme can be viewed online at www.TexacoSupportforSport.com, the most important requirement being that applicant clubs be properly constituted and hold a valid Games & Sports Number (GS Number) issued by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and featured on a recent list published by them on 30th June 2021.
Open for applications from now until 31 December 2021, adjudication will take place in January 2022.