€20,500 has been acquired for a net & post replacement scheme which will upgrade club facilities around the country. General Manager for Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart said, “The Net and Post replacement scheme will allow Volleyball Ireland to support proactive clubs that are in need or new equipment. Posts in particular are expensive and when in poor condition can be a real barrier to participation. I am delighted and grateful to the Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport for their support.” Details on the application process for clubs to avail of this service will be announced in due course.
€3,500 has been acquired to fund the purchase of new portable Beach Volleyball nets that will help introduce a National Youth Tour later this year.
€3,150 will go towards providing training equipment for new clubs. Stewart added, “One of the main barriers to new clubs setting up is the cost of balls, and other training equipment. This element of the award with focus purely on helping new clubs establish themselves.”
Volleyball Ireland submitted applications in partnership with a number of clubs. The following have been successful: Newbridge Volleyball Club are also celebrating as they bring in €5,350 for a wall mounted post system which will cater for the expansion of their successful youth section.
Tallaght Rockets will receive €3,150 for new posts and Santry will bring in €1,500 for equipment to aid their youth section. Dalkey Devils have attained €400 to help fund a Sitting Volleyball net as they develop an Inclusive section at the club.
Volleyball Ireland Board Member Aidan Curran said, “When we announced our Strategic Plan we said the focus would be on helping and supporting clubs and I hope this shows we mean business. The Post Replacement Scheme is really good idea and I hope it helps clubs grow their participation base. On behalf of the board I’d like to thank Minister Ross, Minister Griffin and the team at the DTTS.”
Facility specific announcements are due later this year as Volleyball Ireland works with Dublin City Council to develop a permanent inland Beach Volleyball specific in Clontarf.
This new funding is another boost to Volleyball funding. In December it was announced that VI had acquired Dormant Accounts funding to support the development of Inclusion programmes (€30,000) and full funding for a graduate position (€23,000). VI also received a €15,000 increase to their Sport Ireland Core Grant in January and on Saturday evening it was announced that €13,000 had been received to develop an u16s Club Youth League. The organisation will shortly be announcing over €30,000 in support of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup which will be held in Bettystown over the June Bank Holiday.