Causeway Chronicle

Fibrus scores with new £30k sports fund for grassroots clubs

Local full fibre broadband company Fibrus has announced a new initiative for young people, which will invest £30,000 into grassroots sports clubs across Northern Ireland. 

Clubs and organisations who apply to the new Fibrus ‘Play it Forward Fund’ could avail of up to £1,000 in direct investment for new kits and equipment, to improve their existing facilities, or towards training fees. The fund opens on Tuesday 30th May 2023.

Dominic Kearns, Chief Executive of Fibrus, said:

“Sport and clubs are the heart of many of the towns and villages we operate in and Fibrus has committed to investment not only through the build of our critical infrastructure, but in the people and kids within those communities that represent them with pride.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important for children to have access to digital connectivity for education and communication. Yet, it’s equally important for them to take time to take time away from their devices, make friends, and have fun. That’s why we’re launching a new sports fund to support clubs that help children get outside and connect with each other.”

Catriona Henry, Sponsorship Specialist at Fibrus, said:

“We are delighted to announce the launch of our Fibrus ‘Play it Forward Fund’, which deepens our commitment to bringing young people and communities together through sport. 

“We encourage sports clubs from across the region to apply before the deadline of 27th June, to make a difference in your local club.”

As well as its corporate sponsorship deals with Antrim GAA and Coleraine Football Club, Fibrus has supported various grassroots sporting organisations across Northern Ireland. Some of these teams include: Hillsborough Junior Girls, Dundrum Cricket Club, Coleraine Young Girls Rugby team, among others.

Ian Wright, from Dundrum Cricket Club who benefitted from Fibrus’ support last year, highlighted the importance of sport to the kids at the club. 

“Juniors in Dundrum Cricket Club are now able to attend development camps throughout the winter months, an opportunity not previously available due to funding restrictions. This not only means young people can train year-round, leading to a more active lifestyle, it also opens up opportunities for our Juniors to go further within the sport, and subsequently act as role models for other children to get involved in cricket.” 

The Fibrus ‘Play it Forward Fund’ will be made available in two tranches, with the first round opening on 30th May and closing 27th June, and the second round opening in October later this year.

Sports clubs across Northern Ireland and Cumbria can apply to the £30,000 fund via www.fibrus.com/play-it-forward-fund

Launching the Fibrus ‘Play it Forward Fund’ are left to right: Joshua McDowell, Rathfriland Football Club; Catriona Henry, Sponsorship Specialist at Fibrus; Skye Cameron, Hillsborough Junior Girls Football Club; Dundrum Cricket Club’s Ian Wright and Niamh Lowry; Lucy McComiskey, An Ríocht GAA Club. 

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Maurice Bradley