Regional Grant of €225,000 for Mullingar Harriers – Burke
Deputy Peter Burke, Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath, has announced that Mullingar Harriers have been awarded a regional large-scale Sports Capital Grant from the Government. This grant, separate to the sports capital grants announced last week, is for larger scale projects which have the ability to draw more people into the sport and bring on international athletes. This is why the grant is a great fit and well deserved by the Harriers, according to the Fine Gael TD:
“This grant will make a huge difference to the training being done at Mullingar Harriers by our internationally renowned athletes. I met with members over a year ago to discuss their ambitious plans for their athletes and how a new six lane track at their grounds in Grange would have transformative affect on training capabilities and be of huge benefit to members of all ages.
“I spoke to officials in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and identified that the amount being sought was too high for the usual round of Sports Capital Grants. Thus an application was made for a large-scale regional grant by the club and extensive work went into this by members and the committee. The aim was to create a new six lane track and make Mullingar Harriers Athletic Club a regional hub for the midlands. This ambition will now be realised.
“I have seen first-hand the work being done by all the volunteers and members at the club. There are over 400 members who compete in cross country, indoor track, outdoor track and race walking. The place is a hive of activity and it’s not hard to see why there are increasing numbers of members joining and excelling. The Harriers has been home to a number of national and international athletes and the coaches continue to train and bring on more young people who will too reach these heights. At a time when obesity among young people is increasing and time spent indoors and on computers and phones is on the rise, it is only right that our government supports clubs and communities who are working hard to engage young people and promote health and fitness.
“I have been informed by Minister Griffin that he has awarded €225,000 to Mullingar Harriers, which represents 75% of the total project cost, the maximum amount allowable. I want to thank Minister Griffin who agreed to meet with me to discuss this importance of this project. Most of all, I wish to congratulate the volunteers, coaches and members, without whom there would be no Mullingar Harriers.
“I continue to work with all sports clubs in the locality to ensure Mullingar and Westmeath gets it fair share of grant funding and makes use of all the supports that are being made available by government”.