The local winners of a scheme to encourage older people to be more active were announced this Thursday by Tipperary TD Noel Coonan. Over 1,000 groups and clubs around Ireland have been included in the Go for Life Scheme, an Age & Opportunity initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council and announced this week by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring.
Deputy Coonan said: “The Irish Sports Council has received €43.5 million national in funding this year from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport. I am very pleased to see a contribution from this funding going towards the Go for Life grants scheme again this year.
“A record number of 1,009 groups are sharing almost €300,000 in funding for activities of their own choosing. I am delighted to announce that Tipperary will benefit with €15,390 in funding. This funding is going towards 51 groups including Respond (Clonmel), Irish Wheelchair Association Roscrea, Cappawhite Day Care Centre, Killenaule Senior Citizens Club, North and South Tipperary Sports Partnership and many ICA groups throughout the county.”
“These grants allow people to decide for themselves how to be more active. They make a huge contribution to improving the physical, mental and social well-being of older people throughout the country. I am well aware of the huge potential of sport and physical activity to contribute to the development of a healthier society and of the vital role which sport plays in local communities throughout Ireland,” concluded Deputy Coonan.