By Dan Walsh
Wexford’s Menapians Athletic Club, county winners in the recent Texaco Support for Sport initiative, has been presented with a cheque for €5,000 which will be used to reserve venues and fund equipment for its proposed Wexford Summer League, an undertaking aimed at getting young athletes involved in the sport.
Established in 2001, Menapians AC is a progressive athletics club with a diverse membership in terms of age and ability ‘from young to old, from joggers to Olympians’. With training provided at various locations – including Rosslare Strand, Wexford CBS and Enniscorthy Sports Hub – the club maintains a prominent presence across the county.
Under the scheme – similar to that which proved successful last year when the Wexford county award was presented to Kilmore United FC – the presentation was made to the Club by Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited, the company that markets fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand.
Now in its second year, the Texaco Support for Sport initiative sees an annual fund of €130,000 set aside for allocation in equal amounts of €5,000 to successful applicants chosen on a county-by-county basis. Overseeing the adjudication process was Texaco Support for Sport ambassador, former Irish rugby international and broadcaster, Donncha O’Callaghan.
Entries to the Texaco Support for Sport 2023 initiative will open in the Autumn.