As part of the charity partner programme for 2021/22, Leinster Rugby has been supporting a number of charities on a monthly basis since the start of the season.

To kick off the new year, Leinster Rugby is once again supporting the Bank of Ireland Begin Together programme.

Begin Together is part of Bank of Ireland’s efforts to support the resilience and recovery of communities across the island of Ireland. The Begin Together Fund provides investment for initiatives that will make a real difference in the places where we all live and work.

Last year Leinster Rugby also shone a light on the Begin Together Fund and the work of Bank of Ireland in the 12 counties of Leinster.

Some of the charities highlighted by Leinster Rugby included:

  • Cois Nore, the only cancer support centre in Kilkenny
  • The Involve Youth Project in Meath, which operate a youth service in the towns of Navan and Trim to promote the participation of the traveller community in Irish society
  • SOSAD, a charity providing free counselling and support to those who are suicidal, self-harming, bereaved by suicide or suffering with depression.

In 2021 nearly 100 charities and not for profit groups received funding for their projects from the Begin Together Community Fund and Begin Together Arts Fund. These initiatives are located throughout Leinster and beyond.

For 2022, Bank of Ireland is again supported charities and not for profit groups and one such example is Clonaslee Wheelchair Basketball Club in Co Laois. Drawing players from across the midlands, the club competes nationally and offers members a valuable physical, social and recreational outlet.

Many of the players previously participated in able bodied sport so being able to continue with this aspect of their lives is vital for their overall well-being.

Wheelchair basketball is played on a standard court with standard basketballs but at times, having enough specialist chairs to satisfy demand can be a challenge.

Begin Together Funding meant that the club has been able to purchase new chairs, and opening up the opportunity for more people to play and have a quality experience.

Over the coming weeks, Leinster Rugby will highlight other projects and causes within the 12 counties of Leinster that have benefitted from the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Fund.

For further information on the Clonaslee Wheelchair Basketball club or indeed any other Irish Wheelchair Association sports clubs, please check out: IWA-Sport – Irish Wheelchair Association.