Press Release from Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport:


Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has approved grants of €2.6 million to allow 22 national sports bodies to buy new equipment, boost participation in sport and improve performance.

The funding has been awarded to a range of National Governing Bodies including the Athletics Association, the Irish Rugby Football Union, Irish Wheelchair Association Sport, Canoeing Ireland, the GAA, the Irish Sailing Association, the Football Association of Ireland, and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

The new equipment will include items as diverse as a mobile Olympic Handball arena, scrum machines, a ‘cricket factory’ where you can try out cricket for fun, and martial arts arenas.

It includes a grant of €160,228 to the Irish Wheelchair Association Sport to provide new equipment for sports like basketball, athletics, hand cycling and rugby, boccia, table tennis, archery, frisbee, tennis, powerlifting and gym equipment.

Minister Ring said: ‘The real beneficiaries from this funding will be the thousands of sportspeople across Ireland who head out on weeknights and weekends to train with their local club. Although some of the equipment will be used at national level by the governing bodies, a significant portion will be utilised at local level. I hope it will encourage more people to get involved in sport’.

The equipment aims to help a diverse range of sports to attract more participants, run better competitions, monitor performance and train more effectively, building on the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Applications were invited through the Irish Sports Council. All 22 organisations which applied are being funded under the scheme.

Grant purpose
Athletics Association Of Ireland
club athletic equipment, sports hall indoor competition, track and field competition, speed gates, dartfish analysis, GPS heart rate monitors and lactate machines
Badminton Ireland
para badminton chairs, school kits, target cage, posts and nets
Canoeing Ireland
boats, racks and gym equipment
Community Games
national finals equipment upgrade/replenishment, area equipment packs (165) and county equipment packs (40)
Cricket Ireland
performance analysis equipment, cricket factory (to allow people to try cricket), BOLA fielding machine
Football Association of Ireland
footballs, training equipment, fitness equipment, goalposts and football for all specialist equipment
footballs, sliotars, bibs, cones and portable goalposts
Institute of Sport
performance analysis, strength and conditioning, medical, physiotherapy and physiology
Irish Hockey Association
throw down lines, hockey sticks, outdoor and indoor hockey balls, equipment bags, backboards and heart rate monitors
Irish Martial Arts Commission
mobile stage, boxing ring and floor mats
Irish Olympic Handball Association
balls, iGoals, match equipment, mobile arena
Irish Rugby Football Union
equipment for clubs and schools, defibrillators, GPS tracking system, scrum machines, match and training equipment
Irish Sailing Association
mobile training fleets, transport vans, coach boats, coaching equipment, Olympic sailing equipment and training camp equipment (excluding eyewear)
Irish Table Tennis Association
tables, surrounds, nets, training equipment
Irish Wheelchair Association Sport
basketball, athletics, hand cycling, rugby, boccia, table tennis, archery, frisbee, tennis, powerlifting and gym equipment
Junior Golf Ireland
golf kits for schools
Ladies Gaelic Football Association
tutor packs
Motor Cycling Ireland
timing system
Special Olympics Ireland
athletics throws, bocce carpets, floorball rink, tennis and table tennis
Swim Ireland
UL, National Aquatic Centre and Connacht high performance centres
Volleyball Association Of Ireland
international standard equipment for suitable sports halls
Weightlifting Ireland
weightlifting Equipment
Issued by Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport  01 6041090/ 01 6041087