Ballymun, Glasnevin and Drumcondra City Councillor Noel Rock today welcomed the opening of the 3rd round of Sports Capital Grant funding. Speaking on the matter, Councillor Rock said: “This will allow our local clubs to improve facilities and equipment for sporting organisations right across our area. The last two rounds of Sports Capital Grants saw significant investment in the Dublin North West area, with €700,000 awarded to local clubs last July alone, and I hope we can match that success once again”.

Speaking on this, Cllr. Rock said: “Overall, this is €40m in Sports Capital funding for 2015, and brings the total invested by this Government to €130m nationally. In every round of sports capital grant funding since I started my local work, our area has demonstrated its excellence in a great many sports and, every time, sports clubs in and around our area have been rewarded with generous sports capital grants thanks to the tireless work of teams and committees. I am hopeful that this round will be no different, with a number of clubs already having contacted me to get the ball rolling on their grant applications”.

Cllr. Rock continued: “Among the clubs that were successful in the most recent round were St Kevin’s Boys Football Club, which received €200,000 towards their development of an AstroTurf pitch, and allowed them to continue their great work at the heart of our community. Home Farm Football Club, Glasnevin Lawn Tennis Club, Dominican College, Whitehall Colmcille, Stella Maris, McKelvey Celtic, Charleville Lawn Tennis Club and Clonliffe Harriers were also among our local beneficiaries in and around my constituency. I hope to see a great many more this year, and will be working tirelessly with those who want to apply”.

Councillor Rock added: “With 90% of grantees telling us that the facilities we have funded helped them increase the numbers involved in sport, the value of the Programme can be in no doubt. This is the third round of Sports Capital funding that has been made available under this Government, following years of neglect in this area by the previous administration.

“The Programme, which is open from today, will facilitate successful applicants in carrying out essential works on pitches and facilities such as clubhouses and dressing rooms. I would encourage all those who are interested to ensure that they are registered on the online system before 5pm on Friday, 10th April 2015 (if not already registered) and to get their applications in online at before 5pm on Friday, 24th April 2015”, Councillor Rock concluded.