New Keeping Kerry Active Programme Launched
Kerry’s sports businesses, clubs and facilities encouraged to avail of a promotional opportunity and programme support
Kerry’s sports businesses, clubs, and recreational facilities are being invited to register and apply for programme funding support, under the newly launched ‘Keeping Kerry Active’ programme, which will be rolled out across Kerry. The programme, which is being overseen by the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, is encouraging sports businesses, clubs, and facilities to offer and deliver over the coming months, a range of activities in line with the rolling level of restrictions, for the people of the county, with the support of a new recreational fund.
The Keeping Kerry Active programme, a Keep Well initiative supported by Sport Ireland and Kerry County Council, aims to support the counties sports businesses, clubs and facilities which have been closed and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In turn, the providers present and deliver a 4-hour offering, which can be either a physical activity or a training and education programme, for the public. Individuals can then sign up to the programmes, explore and possibly gain a new experience of a specific sport or physical activity for 4 hours. The offerings can be either online or in person when the restrictions lift.
Successful providers will receive grant support up to €400 for providing a 4-hour innovative programme (4×1 hours or 2×2 hours), which could catch the imagination of participants while offering a fun and inclusive experience. Providers have the choice to apply for multiple offerings, up to a maximum of three, that will be delivered in line with level of Covid-19 restrictions at a point in time.
‘A detailed programme of activities in which people of all ages can take part in will be rolled out in all parts of the county over the next few months. This gives the chance for Kerry people to be more active during the current situation,’ said Jimmy Deenihan Chairperson of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership.
The Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen encouraged sport busines providers, clubs and facility operators to take part in the programme: ‘This initiative fits perfectly with the national Keep Well campaign which is designed to support health and wellbeing at this very challenging time. This programme will match the demand for more physical activity with the providers who can offer this kind of activity.’
Donal Barry, Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership Outreach Programme Facilitator, encouraged all to register for the support through the websites of Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership or the Kerry County Council.
‘KRSP acknowledges that many business, clubs and facilities, are key to the delivery of sport and physical activity opportunities to people of all ages and abilities across Kerry so we will be working closely with them to support a range of activities for everyone,’ he said.