Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Sports Capital Programme
785. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to examine making grants available to sports clubs that use an organic product (details supplied) when constructing grass playing fields or when making improvements to existing grass playing fields; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24067/19]
816. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will make the use of an organic product (details supplied) a condition of a sports capital grant for sports clubs that are to receive grants for the provision of grass playing fields or the improvement of grass playing fields; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24065/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 785 and 816 together.
The Sports Capital Programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country.
The programme funds the development of many types of sports facilities and equipment including the development of natural grass playing surfaces. The choice of what products and methods best meet a grantee's needs are a matter for the grantee, their technical supervisor and their chosen contractor. Furthermore, the relevant National Governing Body may also provide some technical advice to the sports club or organisation in question. My Department does not have any responsibility for the setting of standards for material used in the development of facilities and accordingly does not endorse or recommend any particular product.