Funding for Kilkenny Sports Clubs up for grabs

Applications from sports clubs in County Kilkenny and beyond are now being invited under the third Texaco Support for Sport initiative in which a fund of €130,000 will be split into €5,000 and distributed to successful applicants in each of the twenty -six counties.

Over the past two years, a gross figure of €260,000 has been split between 52 sports clubs across Ireland, of which €5,000 each has gone to two successful clubs in Co. Kilkenny: Kilkenny Hockey Club (2021) and Marble City Boxing Club (2022).

Open to all sports clubs, regardless of sport discipline, size, membership, age, cultural appeal or gender (including clubs that may have already applied unsuccessfully ), the initiative is one that “recognizes and supports the valuable contribution that sports clubs make to communities and throughout Irish society”.

In launching the 2023 scheme, James Twohig, Ireland Operations Manager, Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited – the company that markets fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand – described the initiative as one that “opens a pathway for funding for those clubs and communities that need it most.

Following similar lines to that which has proven successful over the past two years, clubs wishing to apply must first register their interest at, followed by a completed application before the closing date. which should include details of their sporting activity, the importance of the club in their local community, the purpose for which the funding is sought and the use to which the funds will be allocated.

A single qualification requirement is that clubs must be properly incorporated and provide confirmation of a valid Gaming and Sports Exemption Number (GS number) issued by the Office of Revenue Commissioners.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2023 and the adjudication will take place thereafter. Donncha O’Callaghan, Texaco Support for Sport ambassador, broadcaster and former Irish rugby international, is again leading the process. The clubs that have received funding to date span the spectrum of Irish sporting activities: athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, camogie, rock climbing, cricket, diving, Gaelic football, golf, handball, hockey, hurling, rowing, rugby, soccer and tennis. .