FIFTY four Limerick groups have receive grants totalling €18,870 to fund physical activity for older people.
From Tai Chi to table tennis and weight lifting, the grants enable organisations to buy equipment and fund training so that older people can get out and get active.
Over €7.1 million was awarded to date by the Active National Grant Scheme. The Grant Scheme is a combined initiative from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland. This year it is providing €18,870 to 54 groups in Limerick.
Minister of State with special responsibility for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne TD, said: “This funding announcement is very welcome news. The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme has already had a positive impact on communities across Ireland and has contributed towards improving the opportunities for older people to get involved in sports and physical activity.”
“This year’s funding will support sports clubs, Irish Countrywomen’s Association Guilds, and Active Retirement Associations in meeting that goal.”
The 54 successful Limerick groups include: CIAC Squash Club, CareBright, CLG Yarn Social Day Club, Doon and District Men’s Shed, Castleconnell Boat Club, Croom Family Resource Centre, Our Lady of Lourdes Line Dancing, Our Lady of Lourdes Tuesday Night Club, Limerick Greenhills Probus Ladies Club, Munster Academy, Rehabcare Resource Centre, Limerick Sports Partnership, Mulcair Men’s Shed, Irish Wheelchair Association Limerick, Shannon Dragons, and Newcastle West Women’s Shed.
By financially supporting organisations to buy equipment and host courses specifically designed for older people, the grant helps older people reap the health benefits of being active.