Gymnastics Ireland distributes €1 million in club resilience funding

18th December 2020, 13:45p.m. | National

Gymnastics Ireland today finalised the distribution of €1 million in club support funding from the Sport Ireland Resilience Fund. This fund was created by the government to support clubs impacted by the devastating consequences covid19 has had on the sports sector.

Commenting on the release of the funding, GI CEO Ciaran Gallagher said...

'It has been an incredibly difficult year for all sport in Ireland. Our sector has been one of the worst hit by the pandemic outbreak with the effects being felt from national through to club level. Our clubs operate as crucial community hubs providing key physical activity programmes for tens of thousands of gymnasts nationwide. They also operate as key businesses within the wider sports industry employing around 1500 people including coaches & operations staff. The funding distributed is supporting our club network for losses incurred due to closure and operational restrictions, restart costs for preparing clubs/facilities for covid operation and insurance support. Every Gymnastics Ireland member club has benefited from some level of support from this funding and I would like to sincerely thank our colleagues from the Department of Sport & Sport Ireland for this crucial support.

While we still have some difficult months ahead of us in 2021 we will continue to work on behalf of all our members to see a full return to all aspects of our sport as soon as is safely possible. In the meantime, while it will no doubt be a different experience for us all, I would like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year'.

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