The Camogie Association has announced a substantial investment of €250,000 to support grassroots camogie clubs in Ireland. This investment will benefit over 600 clubs by providing games equipment packs.
The funding has been made possible through a ‘Return to Sport’ grant from Sport Ireland, which the Camogie Association's Ard Chomhairle has committed to match and further invest in clubs, with the aim is to increase player numbers and retain existing players in the sport.
In March, the Camogie Association reached out to all clubs to gather their feedback on the type of assistance they would prefer. 69% of those surveyed felt the investment would benefit them best by supplying games equipment.
The Camogie Association Uachtaran, Hilda Breslin, expressed her delight in announcing this significant investment.
“Grassroots camogie is the foundation of our sport, where players begin their journey and develop their skills. Camogie clubs play a crucial role in growing and strengthening the sport at a local level, which in turn helps to build a strong and sustainable future for the sport as a whole. Camogie Clubs are the lifeblood of our association and essential for the growth and success of our sport.
Camogie clubs offer children and young people opportunities to engage in physical activity, learn new skills, and build social connections. They provide a sense of community and belonging and can help to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. By supporting grassroots camogie, we can build healthier, happier, and more prosperous communities throughout Ireland.”
To aid in this effort, the Camogie Association will provide an equipment pack for clubs, which will include Kitbags, cones, bibs, first touch, quick touch, smart touch, and size 4 sliotars. This investment will serve as a tangible way to support and strengthen clubs across the country, enabling them to continue to provide the benefits of sport to their local communities.