Sports grants for 53 older groups in Mayo

Posted in Connect on November 29, 2018.

FIFTY-THREE Mayo groups are to benefit from funding promoting physical activity for older people.

The Go for Life national grants, a combined initiative from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland, will distribute almost €15,090 across 53 groups in Mayo. Nationwide over 1,000 groups will receive grants totalling almost €300,000.

The successful Mayo groups are:

Castlebar Social Services, Ballindine/Irishtown ARA, Foxford ARA, Hi-noon club (Tithe Cois Tra), Ballina ARA, Lacken Carer’s Support Group, Lacken Community Care, Ballyhaunis Social Housing, Ballinrobe Womens Group, Westport ARA, St. Colman’s Care Centre, Curam Family Centre, Thursday Club Kilmovee Active Age Group, Meelick ICA, Ballina ICA, Mulranny ARA, Castlebar ICA, Arthritis Ireland Mayo Branch, Charlestown Widows Group, Balla ARA, Erris Women’s Group, Mulranny ICA, Cairdeas Family Resource Centre, Kilmaine ARA, Charlestown ARA, Shrule Active Over 55s, Cara Iorrais, Moy ICA, Behy ICA, Westport ICA, Ballintubber Over 55’s Club, Mayo Sports Partnership, Ballyhaunis ARA, Clogher ARA, Moy Valley Over 55s Club, Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeadhna Teo, Ballyheane 55 Club ARA, Fr Peyton Memorial Centre (Day Care), Ballina Carer’s Group, Westport Ladies Social Group, Clar IRD, Swinford Cruisers, Irish Wheelchair Association Castlebar, Young at Heart Parke Castlebar ARA, Knockmore/Rathduff Women’s Group, Bonniconlon ICA, Friends of TACU (FRC), Islandeady Cycling Group, Lecanvey Community Centre, Castlebar Men’s Shed, Swinford Go Getters, Westport Careers Group, and Kilkelly ICA.

The scheme is widely recognised for its positive endeavours and encouragement of activity among older people.

Brendan Griffin, Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, said the funding has not only supported older people, but empowered their age group to get more active more often.

These allocations enable groups across Ireland to achieve activity goals for thousands of older people,” he said. “Programmes like Go for Life are a great way to bring the National Physical Activity Plan into people’s lives. They provide an accessible and enjoyable means for older people in communities nationwide to reap the health rewards from doing physical activity.”

Speaking at the launch, John Treacy, chief executive of Sport Ireland, said the Go for Life initiative continues to power ahead as a valuable resource in getting more older people active.

We never cease to be amazed by the popularity and enthusiasm for the Go for Life programme,” he said. There has never been a greater focus on being active and understanding the benefit of keeping fit, and ‘Go for Life’ is indicative of that appetite in older age-groups.”

The Connaught Telegraph, 29th November 2018

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