Increased funding given to Irish Gymnastics


Yesterday Full Twist posted about Why Irish Sport Matters. €7.8 million is to be invested in high performance Irish athletes and sports in 2011. The Irish Sports Council announced the major funding package for 2011 with a total €25.6 million which will be invested into 57 National Governing Bodies of Sport, including 18 high performance sports, and 32 Local Sports Partnerships.

Irish Gymnastics has been given an increase in funding for 2011. This is particularly fantastic because IG is one of 8 out of 57 sports funded by the Irish Sports Council which received and increase, with the majority of the rest of sports receiving a cut in the current difficult economic climate. Ciaran Gallagher, CEO for Irish Gymnastics says;

In the most difficult economic climate of our times this can only be viewed as an endorsement of all the good work and accelerated development Irish Gymnastics has undertaken in the past number of years and highlights the ISC’s support for the strategic direction Irish Gymnastics is following as laid out in our Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012.

The increase of approx €55,000, along with internal investment, is dedicated towards developing the Events, Public Relations (PR) and Marketing programme as laid out in the strategic plan as the main development target for 2011.

This crucial programme will see Irish Gymnastics undertake a vital rebranding process, develop new events, PR, marketing and sponsorship strategies and appoint a new member of staff to drive the programme forward.

Congratulations to Irish Gymnastics, hopefully it means we will see more Irish gymnasts doing well on the international scene.  MAG gymnasts Luke Carson and Kieran Behan will compete at the Cottbus Cup in March.

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