A €47,000 allocation to the Clare Local Sports Partnership will benefit a wide range of sport and physical activities throughout the county, Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has said.

The money will come from the Dormant Accounts fund with the biggest single allocation of €20,000 going to the Clarisford Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub in Killaloe to enable local people engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

€17,000 will go towards the development and delivery of specialised Sports Leadership training for young people in Clare. It will provide a stepping stone for learners into employment and also into further education or training.

A further €10,000 will go to the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme to reduce the barriers to sports participation for Clare people with a disability. The money will help purchase specialist equipment and minor infrastructure.

The investment will be administered by Sport Ireland and will aim to engage with communities across the county, targeting people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

“In addition to local projects, there will also be significant funding for national projects such as coaching for young people and coaching for people with disabilities.

“The Local Sports Partnership Network carries out vital work in increasing participation, particularly among those sectors of society which are underrepresented in sport.

“This work is making a substantial contribution to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and the nation,” Deputy Carey said.