A new €40 million fund for important sports capital projects has been announced.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said €40 million would be made available through the 2014 round of the Sports Capital Programme.

Mr Ring said: “I am delighted to announce that we will be making allocations totalling €40 million next year. 

“Under the programme pitches will be drained, floodlights will be installed, sports halls will be improved and dressing rooms will be built. 

“Thanks to these grants, people will have more opportunities than ever to get active and stay active in a wide range of sports.”

The SCP is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across the country.