Organisations shortllisted for their innovative ideas to promote physical activity

The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund today announced the twelve organisations which have made it through to the shortlist stage of the competition. All represent innovative projects which promote physical activity in local communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The organisations will now proceed to the final judging period when each will be asked to make an elevator pitch before a panel of expert judges to demonstrate why it deserves to be among the five organisations to each receive a grant of €25,000.

The judging panel includes representatives of the Fund’s partner organisations, The Federation of Irish Sport and the Northern Ireland Sports Forum, along with Tina Murphy, Founder of Run with Tina; Lorraine Ho, Founder of Bootcamp Ireland; Denis Toomey, President of Cycling Ireland; Niamh Gavin, Business Services Manager at The Wheel, and Erica Roseingrave of Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland.

“The quality of applications received this year was particularly strong, and the high calibre of the shortlist reflects that,” said Ailish Forde, Public Affairs and Communications Director of Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland. “The Fund has been in existence since 2011 and has already overseen €375,000 donated to voluntary and non-profit organisations in Ireland and Northern Ireland. With this year’s total grants of €125,000, the amount will climb to half a million Euro. That investment represents a firm commitment to the wellbeing of local communities across the country, and I am delighted that the Fund has been able to generate truly engaging programmes that have the potential to grab peoples’ attention and get them moving. We are looking forward to engaging with the final twelve in the next stage of the process and wish them the best of luck in securing funding.”

The shortlist includes Swords Tidy Towns Committee, for its project promoting the development of a walking culture in Swords; Omagh Wheelers Cycling Club, for its initiative aimed at promoting family fitness; Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre Limited, for its project the “Inishowen “100”, Ready, Steady Run!” which will train people in running over a ten week period; Diabetes Ireland for its education and activity programme “Hit the Road Type 2,” and Rowing Ireland for an indoor rowing programme.

It also features Bray Boxing Club, which is seeking to double the capacity of the boxing and fitness classes it offers; Triathlon Ireland for Try-a-Tri, a programme promoting distance triathlon participation; Swim Ireland for a project aimed at preparing the public to swim for a mile in pools nationwide and in the sea; Canoeing Ireland for a project which will train people to become kayak instructors; GAA Handball for its Urban Handball ‘Back to the Streets’ Initiative to promote the accessibility of the sport in urban areas; Lough Muckno Water-ski and Wakeboard Club for its project offering water-skiing and wakeboarding in the Border Region; and Killarney Rugby Football Club, which is proposing to build a “Trim Trail” around the perimeter of its site to promote exercise among the whole community.

More information about the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund is available at www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou.

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