Galway East TD Seán Canney has welcomed the allocation of funding to many clubs under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme. Almost 1,600 community youth clubs and groups have been successful in their applications.

‘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. The Scheme is administered by the sixteen Education and Training Boards’.

‘The grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports and audio visual equipment. Other clubs, for example, can use the grant to purchase musical equipment which otherwise would not be available 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.’

Foroige clubs in Aughrim, Athenry, Ballymacward, Bullaun, Carrabane, Clonfert, Corofin, Craughwell, Dunmore, Gort, Killascobe, Kilbeacanty, Kilconly, Killimorday/Kiltulla, Kinvara, Lackagh, Leitrim, Loughrea, Milltown, New Inn and St. Thomas’s have all received funding.

Scouts clubs in Tuam, Portumna, Craughwell, Gort, Athenry, Kilcoona, Carrabane, Kinvara and Abbey-Duiney were also successful.

Tuam Youth Club, Kilkerrin, Gort No Name Club and Mountbellow No Name Club also received funding.

Musical groups including Belclare Comhaltas, Athenry Youth Orchestra and Headford Music Works were also successful.

Other groups included Coderdojo Athenry; Galway Autism Partnership; Arch Club Athenry; Gort Community; Order of Malta Tuam and Techzone Portumna.