24 local sports groups in Louth – including three based in Ardee are to split €7,000 of funding to help get older people more active in local communities.
Ardee Sports Project, Ardee Active Retirement and John Mitchels GFC will receive €230 each as part of the grant scheme, which is part of Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme – funded by Sport Ireland and delivered nationally with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE.
The aim of the scheme is to help improve the health and wellbeing of older people across Louth by providing them with opportunities to engage with sport and physical activity.
The Ardee Sports Project – run by the local branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association – offers sports and activities programmes for people with disabilities, physical and sensory, in the East of Ireland.
It is thought that approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in sporting activity as funded by the grants.
Other groups in Louth receiving money include a host of Active Retirement groups around the county, St Peter’s Nursing Home, Redeemer Young at Heart club and Drogheda COPD Support Group.
Louth Local Sports Partnerships will receive by far the biggest single amount of the funding – €1,600. The initiative was formally launched in June 2008 and provides support to sport and active recreation at local level county wide.
The key aims of the local sports partnerships are to increase participation in sport and physical recreation at all levels and ages and ensure that local resources are used to best effect.