Local soccer club Boyle Celtic has been awarded a sports capital grant of €137,022.
The grant is for a synthetic pitch development on their grounds on the Sligo Road.
In a statement, the club said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement of Sports Capital grant funding towards the first phase of an ambitious multi phase development and expansion of Boyle Celtic facilities. This first phase will see the installation of a Uefa standard 4G Astropitch at Celtic Park. This is a much needed development that will help provide the best possible facilities for the ever growing number of players in our club and the wider community. Boyle Celtic currently fields 15 underage teams in both boys and girls soccer. It also has 2 adult men’s teams and for the first time in the club’s history are entering an adult women’s team in the newly formed Roscommon league”.
“In all Boyle Celtic has over 400 playing members from u6 to over 70. The development will also allow Boyle Celtic to continue and expand on the many initiatives like Football for All, that promote inclusion for everyone in our community”.
“>We are as always extremely grateful for the loyal and generous support of everyone in our community. To find out more about our ambitious plans please ask any of our club officers”.
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers T.D., today (11 February) announced an overall package of €150 million in new capital grants under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP). €144 million is allocated to almost 1,900 applications with €6 million kept in reserve for successful appeals lodged by unsuccessful applicants.
The grants have been welcomed by Minister Frank Feighan who said:
“In Roscommon Clubs will receive over €2.3M under the scheme which I am sure will have a huge impact on the development of their facilities ensuring greater participation among young people in sport.
Some of the successful applicants in the North Roscommon constituency area include, Carrick Golf Club, Boyle Celtic, Carrick town, Shannon Gaels GAA Club and St Michal’s GAA Club.
As Minister of State with responsibility for Healthy Ireland I wish to emphasise how important exercise is, Sport is crucial for all communities in Ireland. There was a record number of applications for these grants and the government responded with the most significant level of individual awards ever.
“So, this is a great day for sports clubs and community groups right around Roscommon and I want to congratulate all of the successful applicants.
“It has been a tough two years for many sports clubs, but the pandemic really demonstrated the importance of sport for our collective wellbeing.
“I want to thank all of the volunteers associated with these clubs across Co Roscommon for their tireless work and their commitment to improving their facilities to benefit all members.”
“In conclusion I wish to thank Ministers Chambers, Martin and Mc Grath for their record allocation of funding to facilitate some great improvements in our local sports facilities across the region” concluded Minister Feighan.