Age & Opportunity announces grants for 54 Tipperary groups to promote physical activity in older people

  • 54 Tipperary groups will receive a total of €14,630 to fund physical activity for older people
  • Grants awarded to clubs nationwide in the promotion of activity in older people
  • Over €6 million awarded to date by the National Grant Scheme
  • 1,084 grants allocated under 2019 programme
  • 33,000 older people to benefit from investment


The Go for Life National Grant Scheme is celebrating a momentous allocation of funding for sporting activities in older age-groups.

Age & Opportunity announces grants for 54 Tipperary groups to promote physical activity in older people

At an event today, Age and Opportunity announced sports grants of €300,000 to promote physical activity in older people. Taking part in the event were l to r, Rose O’Reilly, Tom O’Reilly and Marian Mooney.
Pic Tommy Clancy – No Fee.

The grants scheme, a combined initiative from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland, will distribute €14,630 across 54 groups in Tipperary. Nationwide over 1,000 groups will receive grants totalling almost €300,000.


Today’s allocation brings the total grants allocated over the last 18 years to over 15,000 and the total fund allocated to date is over €6 million.

L-R at Age & Opportunity Grants Launch John Treacy Sport Ireland, Mary O’Brien, Martin Brennan, Sue Guildea of Age & Opportunity

The National Grant Scheme provides an accessible and enjoyable means for older people in communities nationwide to reap the health rewards from doing physical activity. Brendan Griffin, Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, said:


“I am delighted to see that almost €300,000 has been allocated by Sport Ireland to the Go for Life grants to over one thousand groups this year. This means that 33,000 older people will take part in sport and physical activity as a direct result of this grant scheme. Over the last eighteen years the National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people 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. Go for Life is doing a wonderful job of providing opportunities for older people to enjoy all the benefits that participation can bring”


Speaking at the launch, John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, said the ‘Go for Life’ initiative continues to act as a valuable resource in getting more older people active.


“Sport Ireland’s vision is that sport contributes to enhancing the quality of Irish life and that people of all ages are encouraged and valued in sport. To help us achieve this we work with Age & Opportunity to deliver opportunities and grants to as many clubs and groups as possible. This year we received the highest number of applications in the history of the grant allocation, which shows the growing enthusiasm and appetite for physical activity in older age-groups.”


The number of people who took part in activities funded by the 2018 grant scheme is over 33,000. The number of grants allocated exceeds 1000 for the seventh time and the percentage of successful applicants is 88%.


Karen Smyth, CEO of Age & Opportunity, said today’s grant funding is helping us create an Ireland where all older people are more active and more connected and the allocation of grants ensured clubs and groups from all walks of life could benefit from the scheme:


“We are delighted to work in partnership with Sport Ireland. Age & Opportunity works to ensure equality of participation for all older people, irrespective of background, culture, identity, setting or location. We are delighted that this year 364 successful applications were from designated disadvantaged areas, the largest figure in the grants history. There were also 108 groups who applied and received a grant for the first time”.


“Of the groups who received grants last year 96% reported that they felt more active as a result of the funding, and 75% reported that they felt very much more connected.[i]” she said.


Of today’s successful funding allocations, 243 grants were awarded to Active Retirement Associations, 278 grants were awarded to Irish Countrywomen’s Associations and 21 applications were made by Local Sports Partnerships.


Other funding allocations included: 33 Men’s Sheds’ groups; 2 Women’s Shed’s groups (for the first time); 11 Arthritis Ireland initiatives; 16 Irish Wheelchair Association groups; and activities for 22 Family Resource Centres.


The Grant Scheme demonstrates the wide scope and ambition of Ireland’s older generations where keeping healthy and active is concerned.


Tennis, cycling, rowing, seated boxing, dancing, aqua aerobics and handball are just some of the activities the grant will fund.


The Grant Scheme is part of Age & Opportunity’s ‘Go for Life’ programme, funded by Sport Ireland, and delivered nationwide with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE.


[i] Survey conducted among recipients of 2018 Grant Scheme funding. 703 respondents.


The successful Tipperary groups are:

Aherlow ICA Annacarty Donohill ARA
Ardlinnan Community Council Ballinaclough ICA Guild
Ballypatrick Sports Centre Ballyporeen ICA
Borrisokane Athletic Club Borrisokane Day Care Centre
Cahir ARA Carrick on Suir Day Care Centre
Carrick Riverstown Kileen ARA Carrick-on-Suir ICA
Cashel and District ARA Cashel Day Care Centre
Clonakenny ICA Cloughjordan ICA
Duhill Community Council Faugheen ICA
Fethard and District Day Centre Fethard ICA
Golden Years Day Care Centre Golden/Kilfeacle ICA
Irish Wheelchair Association, Roscrea Kilcash Ladies Club
Killenaule ARA Killenaule Senior Citizens Club
Kilsheelan and Kilcash ARA Kilworth Pitch & Putt Club
Knock ICA Knockgraffan ICA
Knocklofty ICA Millennium Family Resource Centre FRC
Mount Bruis Women’s Group Moycarkey ICA
Nenagh Guild ICA Newport Young at Heart Centre
North Tipperary Farm Family Ogonnelloe Over 50’s
Powerstown/Lisronagh ICA Rathkeevan ICA
Rhododendron Walking Festival Roscrea ARA
Templederry ICA Templemore ARA
Templemore ICA Thurles ARA
Thurles COPD Support Group Thurles ICA
Tipperary ARA Tipperary C.O.P.D Support
Tipperary Sports Partnership Toomevara ICA
Vee Valley Care Centre Youth Work Ireland Tipperary


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