Sport Ireland

  • Athletics Ireland has confirmed both Sport Ireland and Government clearance to resume limited club and other athletic activity beginning from next Monday, May 18th.

     

    One of the first sports to receive such Sport Ireland and Government endorsement as part of phase one of the Government roadmap in reopening from Covid-19, it will allow all athletes to engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, either individually or in very small groups (maximum of four people), where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.

     

    A statement from Athletics Ireland confirmed the background to the endorsement from Sport Ireland and the Government, saying: “Athletics is a key strategic sport in improving the health of the nation and the recent study detailing the huge increases in people walking and running in the last two months illustrates the necessity to open our club outdoor facilities.”

     

    “Among the key parameters that must be met on Phase 1 of the Government roadmap are: people can engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, either individually or in very small groups (maximum four people), where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.

     

    Only people living within a 5 km radius of their athletic club can attend to train.”

  • The noticeable increase in people walking, running and cycling over the last few months has been backed up by new Sport Ireland findings which show that an unprecedented numbers of adults in Ireland are now engaging in some sort of exercise.

     

    With the Covid-19 pandemic leading to a suspension of all organised sport as well as the closure of gyms and swimming pools, people have increased their activity levels with 51 per cent of the country currently participating in sport while an estimated 3.1 million people are regularly walking.

     

    Research conducted by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Sport Ireland – which was spread over five phases beginning on February 28th – shows that 710,000 people are regularly participating in the category of exercise, 680,000 people are running and 510,000 people are cycling.

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    Sport Ireland today announced an investment of nearly €32 million in National Governing Bodies for Sport, direct athlete support and the Local Sports Partnership Network for 2019.

    The funding announced, which represents a significant increase on 2018, includes an investment of €12.845 million in the core activity of National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs), €8.46m in NGB High Performance Programmes, €820,000 in high performance funding for the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland, and €7.29 million in the work of the Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).

    Sport Ireland also announced €500,000 in targeted funding for projects, to assist with the preparation for key events in 2019, along with a further €1.93 million for the International Carding Scheme.

    The funding announced today includes €266,960 in funding for Mayo Sports Partnership, made up to €2358,560 Core funding and €8,400 for Women in Sports initiatives.