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€40M Announced for Sports Capital Programme 2018 – Minister David Stanton

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The allocation of €40 million for this year’s Sports Capital Programme has been welcomed by Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton.
The programme will be open for applications from Friday 7 September until Friday 19 October, 2018.

“The Sports Capital Programme is the main source of Government funding for the development of sports infrastructure. I would encourage all clubs and organisations who are seeking to improve their facilities or purchase new equipment to ensure that they are registered at www.sportscapitalprogamme.ie”, said Minister Stanton.

“Applications for the programme can only be made online which is why prior registration is essential. The programme will open for applications at 9am on Friday 7th September and will remain open until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018. I would, however, recommend that any clubs or organisations interested in applying for funding begin preparing the paperwork as soon as possible.

“I am also pleased to see that further improvements have been made to the application process and terms and conditions of the programme this year following a review of the 2017 round of funding. The aim is to minimise the number of invalid applications by making the process as simple and user-friendly as possible. I would urge all applicants to consult the guides available on the website.

“The Government recently launched our new National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 which confirms our commitment to investing in sports facilities in the years ahead, via the Sports Capital Programme and other initiatives. In addition to clubs and organisations, the Sports Capital Programme is also open to schools as long as any application is in conjunction with a sports club. Priority is given to applications that promote the sharing of sports facilities with the wider community and to projects in disadvantaged areas.

“The Sports Capital Programme represents excellent value for money as investment in sports and physical activity is good for the health of our communities. Clubs in the Cork East area have been very successful in securing Sports Capital funding in the past, having received a total of €2.634 million in the four funding rounds since Fine Gael reinstated the programme in 2012

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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