DUE to the success of 2023, where a total of €98,500 was awarded to amateur athletes and sports clubs from across Ireland, Kingspan, a global leader in high-performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has launched the second year of the Kickstart Sports Fund.

Launched last year by Irish professional golfer, Shane Lowry, the Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund provided much-needed financial support to grassroots level athletes, sports clubs and community sports facilities located across the country.

In 2023, almost 100 amateur athletes and sports clubs received up to €1,000 each in funding which was put towards travel expenses, purchasing new equipment, training sessions and other necessary resources.

According to Hannah Fidgeon, Kickstart Marketing Manager at Kingspan, the Fund is a unique opportunity for amateur athletes and sports clubs to avail of a vital funding boost, especially during the current cost of living crisis.

“Ireland is renowned for its rich sporting culture but if it is to continue to progress, our grassroots athletes and sports clubs must be better supported – that’s why we chose to launch the Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund,” she explained.

“Already we have been able to assist numerous individuals, clubs and facilities across the length and breadth of Ireland, which we’re extremely proud of, and we have received some great feedback, but there’s more work to do.”

To apply for the Fund, you must be an amateur athlete, sports club or sports facility open to the whole community and based on the island of Ireland.

“Competing at an amateur level can be extremely tough in all aspects but particularly financially and I would urge anyone who meets the criteria to apply for the Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund – it could make a huge difference to your future,” Hannah continued.

“At Kingspan, we recognise just how well bolstered professional level sport is in Ireland, however if it’s to continue to thrive, then those at the grassroots level should be offered greater support to help them move up the ranks. We’re really looking forward to supporting more amateur athletes and sports clubs in 2024.”

Applications for the Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund are open year-round, with the first selection date for 2024, on Tuesday 5th March.

For more information or to apply, visit: www.kingspangroup.com/en/about/communities/kickstart-sports-fund/.