Texaco Support for Sport 2022 Winners Announced
Twenty-six Irish sports clubs to benefit from EUR130,000 funding initiative
The names are announced of the 26 sports clubs chosen to receive funding under this year’s Texaco Support for Sport initiative. In its second year, the scheme is hosted and organised by Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited, the company that markets fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand.
Under the scheme – similar to that which proved so successful last year – a fund of EUR130,000 has been made available by Valero for distribution in equal amounts of EUR5,000 to a successful applicant in each county.
Of the clubs to receive funding this year, EUR55,000 will be divided amongst eight Gaelic football clubs and three soccer clubs. In addition, a further EUR50,000 will be shared equally amongst two basketball clubs, two tennis, two athletics, two rowing and two cricket clubs. Further disbursements will see EUR25,000 being divided amongst five additional clubs – badminton, boxing, golf, hockey and rugby – all receiving EUR5,000 each.
Overseeing the judging process was Texaco Support for Sport ambassador, former Irish rugby international and well-known broadcaster, Donncha O’Callaghan. Commenting, he said, “As adjudicator, the most encouraging aspect of the Texaco Support for Sport initiative is to see the wide mix of clubs making application under the scheme, from the larger mainstream sports to the smaller clubs that often represent minority interest sports.
“Valuable in providing a route to funding for clubs working to improve facilities, expand memberships and enhance their role in communities, the wide spread of winners highlights the diverse range of sports now being enjoyed by Irish people, young and adult, and the degree to which sport is prospering in communities across the country.”
Pointing to what he termed “the invaluable contribution” that sports clubs make to the heart of community life in Ireland, James Twohig, Director of Ireland Operations, Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited, congratulated winners saying, “Special to us, and the purpose for which our Texaco Support for Sport initiative was introduced, is the opportunity it presents to ease the financial pressure on members by providing new and additional funding so often required to help clubs achieve their objectives and play a pivotal and positive role in the community that surrounds them.”