Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme sees over €186,000 for Wexford clubs – Kehoe

Fine Gael Minister for Wexford, Paul Kehoe, has announced that funding has been granted to over 40 Wexford clubs under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme.

Over €180,000 in funds benefiting more than 40 youth projects across the county was announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

The Scheme was developed to support the work of volunteers, to enhance the experience of members, and to provide vital equipment to local youth clubs and groups.

Minister Kehoe said: “This funding will be a great benefit to youth clubs and youth projects here in Wexford over the coming year.

“The Scheme was administered through the Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board.

“The grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports and audio visual equipment. Other clubs, for example, have used the grant to purchase musical equipment which would otherwise unavailable to them.

“The diverse range of the grants awarded is reflective of the clubs which applied and the young people who partake in their activities.

“Clubs from across Wexford have received funding this year, including:

Rosslare Youth Club, €2,998, Castlebridge CGI, €5003, Tagoat Foroige Youth Club, €5000, Kilmuckridge Foroige Youth Club, €5000.

“I want to give a big thank you to everyone involved with these very important projects locally. The volunteering you do is of enormous benefit to the entire community,” the Fine Gael Minister said.

Minister Zappone said: “What made this scheme unique was that clubs were asked to consult with the young people themselves to ascertain their opinions on what equipment should be applied for.

“It was a key feature of the scheme that any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club or group.”