Sinn Féin Councillor, Martin Kenny, has welcomed the Department of Sport’s decision to allocate €1m in funding for amateur boxing clubs in 2013.
“Amateur boxing clubs are a vital part of many communities around the country and indeed we have a number of boxing clubs in Leitrim, they provide top-class training and exercise to a huge amount of children and adults,” he told our reporter.
“However boxing clubs have always had to scrape together funding in Ireland and many of them are totally underfunded, despite the international success our boxers have had on the world stage. This latest allocation of funding is specifically ear-marked for female changing rooms, heating systems, and shower rooms, and the maximum amount a club can apply for is €25,000. There is also €5,000 available for remedial repairs.
Ear-marking funding for female changing rooms is directly related to the surge of interest from women and girls in boxing, which has followed Katie Taylor’s exciting gold medal Olympic win.”
In order to be eligible for this funding a club must have full planning permission for the work, an up to date fire certificate, and a disabled access certificate. To avail of the funding clubs need to firstly apply in writing to the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) and they should contact the IABA for more detailed information about the funding.