Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has said he is delighted to confirm funding of €10,000 for Hartstown/Huntstown FC for new changing facilities.
Minister Varadkar said the funding has been allocated by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald under Lottery Grant Funding for Youth Affairs.
“This is great news for Hartstown/Huntstown FC. The club lost its changing facilities in the summer when they were set on fire by vandals. This new funding will help the club to get its new changing rooms and club facilities up and running in the New Year. In the longer term I want to provide a full pavilion in Hartstown Park with changing rooms, showers and other facilities for local teams,” Minister Varadkar said.
Hartstown/Huntstown FC co-founder and director of football David Byrne said: ‘We are delighted with Minister Varadkar’s help in securing this funding and for helping to provide the all-weather pitch as well’.
Five hundred children play regularly with the club but it has not had dedicated changing facilities since the summer. The club has now secured a new modular unit which will serve as a clubhouse and changing facility when it opens in the New Year. It has had to engage in extensive fundraising and the €10,000 announced today will help the club to get the unit ready for use.
The Hartstown/Huntstown announcement follows the recent news that €598,790 has been allocated from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport to Fingal County Council and local clubs for 12 different sport projects in Dublin West. This was allocated under the first round of national sports capital funding in four years.