Donegal Town Football Club has been awarded €5,000 under the Texaco Support for Sport initiative.
The funding was presented to the club to purchase new training equipment and team bibs for underage girls’ teams.
Established fifty years ago, Donegal Town Football Club currently has 280 underage players and 70 senior players. The club uses adapted soccer activities to include special needs athletes and also provides access to its facilities for the local primary school.
Now in its third year, the Texaco Support for Sport initiative sees a fund of €130,000 set aside annually for allocation in equal amounts of €5,000 to successful applicants chosen on a county-by-county basis.
Previous Donegal winners were Gleneely Colts FC Sports & Leisure Club (2021) and Muff’s Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin GAA Club (2022).
Overseeing the judging process was Texaco Support for Sport ambassador, former Irish rugby international and broadcaster, Donncha O’Callaghan. Commenting, he said, “As adjudicator, the most uplifting aspect of the Texaco Support for Sport initiative is that it gives clubs rare access to funds which are not linked to popularity, membership size or success.”
Describing the Donegal club as ‘a really deserved winner’, he went on to add: “Donegal Town FC is an excellent club, which caters for all members of its community. In light of the recent World Cup, it’s particularly noteworthy to see 84 girls playing underage soccer and loving the sport so much.”