Press Release

Máire Hoctor T.D., Minister for Older People Announces Allocations under the “Go for Life” National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People 2008

Máire Hoctor T.D., Minister for Older People this morning (10th December) announced details of the allocations made under the eight National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People, at a function in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin.

This scheme aims to help local clubs and organisations increase opportunities for their older members to actively participate in recreational sport and a range of physical activities.

This year over 1000 applications were received from older people’s groups all over the country. The 723 successful applicants include active retirement associations, senior citizens clubs, ICA guilds, sports clubs, Local Sports Partnerships, day centres and community centres in 26 counties. The grant aid is being used to buy sports equipment and to fund sport and activity programmes.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said, “In the last eight years over 4,000 grants totalling €2.5 million have been allocated under this scheme to local groups of older people to increase their participation in sport and physical activity. These grants allow people to decide for themselves how to be more active and they are making a huge contribution to improving the lives of older people throughout the country.”

The Minister continued, This government is committed to making sure that people of all ages reap the social, physical and psychological benefits of increased physical activity and the partnership between the Irish Sports Council and Age & Opportunity means that older people are very much on the national agenda for sport and physical activity.”   Minister Hoctor concluded by stating, “I look forward to hearing about the practical ways in which today’s grant allocation will promote the participation of older people in sport and physical activity and I will follow with interest the progress of the Go for Life Programme as it continues to develop new and creative ways to ensure a healthy, active, older age for all.”