Cricket Ireland has been successful at acquiring €106K in grant funding from the Sport Ireland Dormant Accounts Funding Programme that will be invested in key areas of grassroots cricket that will improve the sustainability and support services for clubs and development activities.

The purpose of the Dormant Account Funding programme aims to engage communities across Ireland, focusing on people living with disability, people who are educationally disadvantaged or from disadvantaged communities.

The grant funding received will be directed towards three main programmes:

  • Innovation fund for Sports Inclusion (€85K): this funding will support a project which recognises the complex challenge of increasing social cohesion and physical activity in some communities, understanding that new approaches need to be considered. This project will innovate cricket delivery and adopt a values-based and locally-led approach in order to create a ‘Cricket for Good’ model for participation.
  • Volunteer Training & Support Programme (€15K): this funding will help expand our Club Connects Programme. This programme aims to build the capability and capacity of volunteers in cricket clubs so that they can provide the kind of positive experiences that will aid growth in ways that matter to club cricket in Ireland and wider communities.
  • Youth Leadership (€6K): this funding will support work with Local Sports Partnerships to promote the Sports Leader Programme within the network of schools in the region of the LSP and local cricketing opportunities – designing and facilitating additional training modules to add to the existing leadership programmes, providing a local and national perspective on the need to consider the diverse range of communities are understood and met.
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