Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund
It’s great to start to 2020 with a huge boost to sport. As part of our Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund I can confirm a huge investment from my Department of nearly €80 million for terrific ‘shovel ready’ projects. From gymnastics to basketball, rugby to athletics and swimming, sport and those who love it are all winners today!
I would like to announce substantial investment into two sterling sports complex’s in Dublin Rathdown as part of my Departments’ LSSIF; St Thomas’s Community MultiSports Complex in Whitechurch, and the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus both received approx. €5 million in funds for sports development!
The successful applicants were decided following a rigorous assessment process with the highest scoring applications receiving grant offers. All applications under the fund had to be supported by a National Governing Body for Sport (NGB) or a Local Authority.
The establishment of the LSSIF confirmed my commitment to increase investment in sporting facilities across the State. Before the establishment of the LSSIF, Government funding for large sports projects was decided on an ad-hoc basis. The fund provides a robust and transparent mechanism for the allocation of funding to develop the best high quality sports facilities across the country.
St Thomas’ Community MultiSports Complex in Whitechurch received €5.25 million in funds for sports development!
The St Thomas’ Multisports Complex was head and shoulders above every other applicant we received. Supported by no less than 7 National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) as well as Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC, this fantastic amenity will be developed to include – amongst other things – a multi-purpose gym, a floodlit running track with athletic facilities to IAAF standards, a jogging/walking track around the site complete with car parking and coach set down areas.
It’s a fabulous project which will provide an international sports standard facility for community clubs, volunteer groups as well as high performance athletes. I very much look forward to seeing the fruits of this venture in our local community.
Samuel Beckett Civic Campus also received a grant from my Department’s Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.
The Samuel Beckett Civic Campus already has sports pitches, a playground, crèche and even a skate park. It is a central part of the local community and is now ready to go on to greater things. As well as a gymnasium, a dance hall, offices and civic spaces, a new swimming pool will be developed there and DLR have pledged to provide a full swimming programme.