Sport Ireland Funding Boost for Mayo Swimming Pool Operators

Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has welcomed  €96,222 funding relief for swimming pool operators within Mayo who have been severely hit by the pandemic. It has been recognised that the changing environment of restrictions has resulted in uncertainty and difficulty in planning for swimming pool operators across the country. This has been taken into consideration by Government with funds being ring-fenced specifically to address this issue.

Deputy Dillon said “this funding will help swimming pool operators continue to provide safe and essential service which is vital to sustain swimming and maintain high physical activity levels. The recognition of Government around the operational and financial difficulties, with the high energy costs of maintaining swimming pools whilst closed, and the challenges of re-opening with reduced capacities is appreciated.”

“This funding will provide some much-needed financial assistance to the private swimming pool operators give organisations the confidence to continue trading through these difficult times”.

Today’s investment is part of a €2.5 million funding package for swimming pool operators across the country announced by Minister of State for Sport and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jack Chambers TD,

Sport Ireland has appointed Ireland Active, the representative body for the leisure, health, and fitness sector to administer the swimming pool grant scheme 2020, supported by Swim Ireland.

Deputy Dillon concluded: “Swimming Pool operators have demonstrated their resilience throughout the ongoing pandemic. It is important that this resilience continues into the weeks and months ahead as we look to emerge from this crisis. The funding announced today will assist swimming pool operators in getting everyone active and keeping them active. This has never been more important and is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing.”

The following Mayo applicants were deemed eligible for receipt of the COVID-19 Swimming Pool Grant Fund 2020 :

Facility Name Grant Allocation
Ballina Swimming Pool €7,302
Breaffy Leisure Centre €10,739
Beech Health Club & Spa €7,990
Castle Leisure Club, The Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotel Resort €8,162
Castle Leisure Club, Barcastle Industries Ltd €5,241
Claremorris Leisure Centre €11,942
Kilmovee Swimming & Aqua Sports €5,756
Mount Falcon Leisure & Spa €4,725
Spa Salveo Knockranny House Hotel €6,100
Westport Coast Hotel €5,928
Westport Leisure Park €9,966
Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh €12,371