Ladies football and camogie will receive a €1m cash injection over the next two years in a major boost to the health and growth of the games.
The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD announced a two-year agreement to provide funding of €500,000 in 2017 and again in 2018, through Sport Ireland, to support programmes included in a joint proposal by the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA), the Camogie Association and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA).
A steering group comprising the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Sport Ireland, the WGPA, the Camogie Association and the LGFA has been established to agree the details of the two-year funding programme.
The financial support will be aimed towards programmes such as injury prevention and medical cover, maximising player and team performance, and access to training facilities.
“I want to take this opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution that our inter-county ladies football and camogie players make to Gaelic games," Minister O’Donovan said.
"Their success is important, not just at a sporting level, but also on the ground level where they inspire young women to become involved in ladies football or camogie, and stay involved throughout school and into their adult life.”
Minister O’Donovan said the the two-year agreement was a huge forward stride, adding that “the funding allocation shows the confidence held by the government in the success of our inter-county ladies football and camogie players, and that it recognises the role of the teams, the volunteers and the supporters in forming strong community spirit throughout the country”.