January 20, 2020

Swim Ireland was delighted to attend the Sport Ireland grants announcement this morning at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. A total of €36 million has been allocated to NGB’s and LSP’s through core and performance funding including a €40,000 increase in core funding for Swim Ireland.

In total Swim Ireland will receive €1.9 million through streams of core, performance, women in sport and dormant accounts for 2020. This is on top of the current supports received through Sport Ireland at the National Aquatic Centre and Sport Ireland Institute.

Swim Ireland CEO Sarah Keane commented ‘Todays funding news is welcomed by Swim Ireland and we are delighted to see an increase in our core funding once again in 2020. We have a big year planned in Swim Ireland with many initiatives taking place across our different departments. I’d like to thank Ministers Ross and Griffin and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for their leadership in securing funds and John Treacy and all at Sport Ireland, for their continued support across our sports.

Some of the key priorities for Swim Ireland in 2020 include:

  • Run a successful Olympic and Paralympic Trials - Irish Open Swimming Championships
  • Launch of a new ‘Leisure Membership’ aimed at reaching the wider swimming community
  • Launch of an Inclusion Policy and a Gender Balance Policy
  • Launch of a combined Level 1 and Level 2 Swimming Teacher Qualification
  • By end of the year over 50% of our clubs completed Clubmark
  • Launch of online resources for our clubs and members
  • Work with the Department of Sport to develop a National Swimming Strategy
  • Develop a framework for ‘The Voice of the Athlete’
  • Work with our athletes before and after the Olympic and Paralympic Games to raise their profiles and give them ambassadorial roles which will include club and school visits.
  • Deliver a variety of community programmes aimed at increasing participation. Through Dormant Accounts target 600 participants with tailored programmes to suit the needs of individuals and groups and work with local partners including LSPs and community groups. Through Healthy Ireland Funding deliver swimming lessons to children in a target of 50 DEIS (primary) schools.

Sport Ireland Chief Executive John Treacy welcomed the increased funding for sports saying ‘Sport Ireland Is delighted to be in a position to provide the majority of performing National Governing Bodies for Sport and Local Sports Partnerships with another increase in funding in 2020. The continued investment in high performance sport will be enhanced by a 14% increase in the investment in facilities and expertise available at the Sport Ireland Institute which is vitally important as we start to move towards Tokyo 2020. The strengthened relationship between the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and Sport Ireland means we are starting the Olympic and Paralympic countdown in a very strong and positive position and look forward to another good year for Irish sport at all levels.’

Swim Ireland would like to thank Sport Ireland, Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, Minster of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for their continued support of Swim Ireland.   

Swim Ireland Funding 2020

Core: €950,000

Performance: €630,000

Carding: €180,000

Women in Sport: €75,000

Dormant Accounts: €100,000

Healthy Ireland: €115,000 (March 2019 – March 2020) 


Full details of Sport Ireland's announcement is available HERE