Olympic athletes Derval O’Rourke and Paddy Barnes today announced that €125,000 is available for projects that have new ideas to get people more active, more often.
Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, joined Derval O’Rourke and Paddy Barnes, this year’s
“I urge all non-profit organisations across the country to think about creative ways to get their communities more active and consider applying for funding from the
Derval O’Rourke and Paddy Barnes launched the
Speaking at the launch, Derval O’Rourke said: “I’m delighted to return as an ambassador for the
Joining Derval this year to launch the Fund, Paddy Barnes said: “At the moment I’m preparing for the Rio Olympic Games and my focus is on getting into the best shape possible and achieving my peak fitness level. I’m constantly struck by the level of interest there is out there in staying active – from fellow athletes, but also the wider public. The
Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at
A new Kayak Instructor Training Initiative from Canoeing Ireland, which received one of five €25,000 grants awarded by the
Benny Cullen, Development Officer, Canoeing Ireland, said: “Canoeing Ireland was fortunate to receive €25,000 from the
“The beauty of our project is that the training we provide will have a long-term impact, enabling our leaders to pass on their skills and love of kayaking to many more young people in the area. Hopefully in time some will train as leaders themselves. I would strongly encourage any organisation with a new idea to consider applying for funding this year. It has been a very rewarding experience for all involved from Caneoing Ireland”.
The deadline for applications is Monday 29th June at 6pm. After that, a shortlist of twelve organisations will be announced and those groups will be invited to meet the judging panel. The judges for the 2015
• Sarah O'Connor, CEO of The Federation of Irish Sport;
• Roy Millar MBE, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Sports Forum;
• Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at Coca Cola Hellenic Ireland;
• Susan Grady, board member at Ireland Active;
• Niamh Gavin, Business Services Manager at The Wheel;
• Lorraine Ho, founder of Bootcamp Ireland;
• Niall Moyna, Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance and a member of the Centre for Preventive Medicine in DCU;
• Denis Toomey, president of Cycling Ireland.
The shortlisted organisations will present a 10-minute pitch to the judges about their project and why they think they should receive the funding, followed by a further 10-minute Q&A session with the panel. The five winning ideas will be announced in October 2015.
Applications for the
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