Volleyball Ireland were one of the big winners as the Minister Shane Ross announces €4.5m of investment through the Dormant Accounts fund.
Volleyball has been awarded a total of €58,000, across two projects; The Aspire Graduate Programme and the Sports Inclusion Programme.
ASPIRE GRADUATE PROGRAMME
Sport Ireland will fund a number of NGBs to directly employ a graduate on the scheme for a fixed term basis (11 months). In addition, Sport Ireland would support the graduate scheme employees with mentoring, executive coaching and skills development training for the duration of the scheme, ensuring appropriate standards and quality of experience was provided for each employee and host NGB. It is anticipated that upon completion of the programme, each participant will have gained experience and skills development to ensure their likelihood of securing long term professional employment in the Irish sports sector is greatly increased.
The Volleyball Ireland graduate will lead the development of participation raising programmes, with a specific focus on Third Level Education. Applications for the new position will open in due course.
SPORTS INCLUSION FUND
The Volleyball Ireland project will include the delivery of Sitting Volleyball for people with a physical disability, as well as a range of programmes for people with an intellectual disability. The programme will also have a focus upon initiating sustainable school-club links in areas of social disadvantage.
Funding was made available to National Governing Bodies of Sport to support the National Physical Activity Plan under:
Action 47 ‘Continue to support the work of the National Governing Bodies of sport in
implementing programmes to promote physical activity’,
Action 48 ‘Develop programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity
Action 49 ‘Extend existing and developing programmes for physical activity for people with
disabilities and their families to enhance and deliver a comprehensive health and wellbeing
Commenting on the award, General Manager, Gary Stewart said, “We are delighted to be amongst the big winners in the Dormant Accounts funding announcement. The programmes we can deliver through this investment will make a difference to people’s lives and strengthen our clubs and our sport. It is a great vote of confidence from Sport Ireland in terms of what we are doing as an NGB.”
Both programmes will see Volleyball Ireland working with partners such as the Irish Wheelchair Association, Student Sport Ireland and a number of Local Sports Partnerships.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Minister Ross, Minister Griffin and Sport Ireland for their support.