GymABLE funding secured for 2021

25th September 2020, 18:58pm | GymABLE

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25th September 2020; Gymnastics Ireland is proud to announce that the GymABLE programme has been successfully selected as a one of the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF) projects for 2021. The announcement was made today by Sport Ireland and Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD. The DAF investment aims to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

The funding allocated to Gymnastics Ireland is part of a €7.3 million investment to boost sport and physical activity in Ireland. Sport Ireland's full announcement is available here...

Commenting about the announcement Gymnastics Ireland CEO Mr Ciaran Gallagher said:

‘Given the uncertainty around funding for sport due to the devastating impact of Covid19 not only on potential 2021 budget but also our own club based sport business model today’s announcement of investment from the Dormant Accounts Fund for 2021 is very welcome news. GymABLE has been a huge success as a club based programme that is operated nationwide ensuring that our clubs are inclusive sports hubs for the entire community. We hope to be able to get the programme underway again in the coming months dependent on the position as it stands re Covid-19.'

Our GymABLE programmes will again focus on developing gymnastics opportunities for people with disabilities and to allow them to participate in the sport within the club structure, as well as raising the profile of disability gymnastics among all our member clubs nationwide.

Speaking of the success of the programme Gymnastics Ireland’s Participation Manager, Aimi Baker said: '

'This is brilliant news for our GymABLE programme and all our clubs. There has been great interest and development in disability gymnastics within our clubs over the past few years since the GymABLE program began and the support of the Dormant Account Funds (DAF) and Sport Ireland is a really important part of this. We hope to be able to support more clubs to get involved, as well as developing new club resources and broadening our national GymABLE events program'

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