Fifty local sports groups will receive a total of €13,000 in funding to help older people get more active in our communities, Minister Joe McHugh has announced.

Groups benefitting in Donegal this year are spread right across the county and include a wide variety of activities and sports.

Minister McHugh said: “The aim of the grants is to improve the health and wellbeing of older people across Donegal by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport.

“I am delighted so many local groups will benefit from this tranche of funding from swim clubs in Milford to activity groups in towns like Dunfanaghy and Castlefinn. Groups receiving funding across the country include activities ranging from tennis to rowing, Tai Chi to salsa dancing and yoga to archery.

“The National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people for many years to get more active more often and the record number of applications this year shows the continued importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country.

“Programmes like Go for Life, funded by Sport Ireland, will help us reach the targets set out in the National Physical Activity Plan and approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in the activities funded by the grants.

“I am delighted we have such a great selection of activities here in Donegal which incorporate excellent social opportunities with getting active.

“The success of this scheme shows what can be achieved with a small investment and the importance of funding sport and physical activity, at any age.”

The Grant Scheme 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.

See full list of organisations below:

Active Seniors

Ardara ICA

Ardara Sheltered Housing Association CLG

Arthritis Ireland, Donegal Branch

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Women’s Group

Ballyshannon & District ARA

Bundoran ARA

Carndonagh ARA

Carndonagh Ladies Club

Carrick Day Centre For the Elderly (Mental Health Association)

Castlefin 50 - 60+ Group

Clonmany Mental Health Association

Clonmany Youth and Community Resource Centre

Club 50 Ghaoth Dobhair

Coiste Forbartha Dhobhair Teo

Comhlacht Forbartha An Tearmainn

Coole Cranford Community Centre

Cranford Womens Group

Cumann Cairdeas Chloich Cheann Fhaola

Donegal Sports Partnership

Dunfanaghy Active Age Group

Dungloe ARA

Dunkineely Active Age Group ARA

Fahan ICA

Foresters Active Age Group

Greencastle Community Dev. Co. Ltd.

Illies Golden Gloves Boxing Club

Inch Island Indoor Bowling

Irish Wheelchair Association, Manorcunningham

Kinlough ICA Guild

Kurling Club Raphoe ARA

Lifford ICA

Manorcunningham Women's Group

Mevagh Family Resource Centre FRC

Milford Swimming Club

Mná Phort Mhaise

Moville Men's Shed

Nazareth House Nursing Home, Donegal

Pettigo and Tullyhommon Women’s Group

Pettigo Day Centre

Ramelton Indoor Bowling Club

Rosbeg and Downstrands Care of the Aged Committee

Rosses CDP

Sliabh Sneacht Community and Heritage Centre

South West Donegal Communities Partnership Ltd

Spraoi Agus Sport Family Centre Ltd

St. Marys Bowling Club

Taughboyne ICA

The Forge Family Resource Centre FRC

The Friday Club Lifford ARA

Tir Chonaill U3A Errigal Branch

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