|Motion Title||Develop a Sports Funding Policy|
|Address To||Policy Committee|
The Party should develop a sport funding policy that includes:
|Amendments to Motion|
The Sports Capital Grants scheme is not fit for purpose. It benefits privileged well resourced clubs and neglects disadvantaged areas. The Sports Capital Funding also favours larger well-resourced sports as opposed to sports with many participants with few resources. Basketball for example is woefully under-resourced. Clubs need to hire indoor venues every time they want to do training, thus creating a barrier to participation. Athletics is also under resourced but has huge numbers participating especially in the context of Park Runs and Road Runner groups in recent years. Development of resources such as tracks for athletics will help provide a pathway for continued participation and will strengthen the basis for sports participation. Currently the Sports Capital Programme scheme does not benefit these sports at all. Private schools have won grants of hundreds of thousands of Euro, while clubs in disadvantaged areas get hundreds of Euro.