Carlow groups receive €6,900 to fund physical activity for older people

A momentous allocation of funding

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Carlow groups receive €6,900 to fund physical activity for older people

Carlow groups receive €6,900 to fund physical activity for older people

The Go for Life National Grant Scheme celebrated a momentous allocation of funding for sporting activities in older age-groups across Carlow on Wednesday.

The grant scheme, a combined initiative from Age and Opportunity and Sport Ireland, will distribute a total of €6,900 across 22 groups in Carlow. Nationwide over 1,000 groups will receive grants totalling almost €300,000.

The allocation brings the total grants allocated over the last 18 years to over 14,000 and the total fund allocated to date is €5.7 million.

The national grant scheme is widely recognised for its positive endeavours and encouragement of activity among older people.

Minister of state with responsibility for sport Brendan Griffin said the funding has not only supported older people, but empowered their age group to get more active more often.

“These allocations enable groups across Ireland to achieve activity goals for thousands of older people,” he said.

“Programmes like Go for Life are a great way to bring the National Physical Activity Plan into people’s lives. They provide an accessible and enjoyable means for older people in communities nationwide to reap the health rewards from doing physical activity.

“I am delighted to see that almost €300,000 has been allocated by Sport Ireland to the Go for Life grants to over one thousand groups this year. This means that 30,000 older people will take part in sport and physical activity as a direct result of this grant scheme.

“This scheme is a wonderful way of promoting increased participation for older people.”

Speaking at the launch, chief executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy said the Go for Life initiative continues to power ahead as a valuable resource in getting more older people active.

“We never cease to be amazed by the popularity and enthusiasm for the Go for Life programme,” he said.

“Sport Ireland, along with our partner Age and Opportunity, work tirelessly to deliver opportunities and grants to as many deserving clubs and groups as is possible. There has never been a greater focus on being active and understanding the benefit of keeping fit, and Go for Life is indicative of that appetite in older age-groups.”

The number of people who will take part in activities funded by the 2018 grant scheme is over 30,000. The investment provided by the grant will be subsidised by over 77% of groups and participants. The number of grants allocated exceeds 1,000 for the sixth time and the percentage of successful applicants is 92%.

CEO of Age and Opportunity Karen Smyth said the funding was an important milestone in keeping older age groups healthy and active. She said the allocation of grants ensured clubs and groups from all walks of life could benefit from the scheme

“This year, 309 successful applications were from designated disadvantaged areas and 96 were from applicants who had not previously received a grant,” she said.

“We are delighted to work on this in partnership with Sport Ireland and long may this collaboration continue. Age and Opportunity puts the value that older people bring to our society at the top of its agenda, and the announcement is further evidence of paying tribute to older generation.”

The successful Carlow groups are:

Bennekerry and District ARA Group, Bennekerry ICA, Leighlinbridge ARA, Ballyloughan ICA, Garryhill ICA, St Fiacc’s House Day Care Centre, Ladies Friendly Society (Ballyconnell), Carlow Rowing Club, Ballinkillen Lorum Community Centre Club, Carlow Local Sports Partnership, Askea ICA, Myshall ICA, Tullow ARA, Tinryland ICA, RehabCare Carlow, Borris and District ARA, Go Leir Womens Group, Ballyconnell ICA, Carlow COPD Support Group, Rathanna ICA Guild, Borris Lodge Nursing Home, and Tullow Mountaineering Club.