31/10/2012

McCausland Opens Cross Community Sports Event

Nelson McCausland has opened a cross community sports event.

The Social Development Minister was at the community relations event jointly hosted by the Irish Football Association and Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association.

The event was held at the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and was intended to show the good-relations work being carried out by the joint IFA/GAA partnership.

The 'Sport in the Community' project is being funded by the DSD.

The joint event was intended to highlight examples of football and GAA clubs who exhibit good community relations.

Minister McCausland said: "I welcome the opportunity to be here today to celebrate the joint work that is being done by the IFA and GAA as part of the innovative Sport in the Community project, funded by my Department.

"This partnership working is providing opportunities for both organisations to share resources, skills and expertise in sport, and support in building volunteering capacity and community relations."

The Minister added: "My Department is also exploring opportunities with the Ulster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union which may enable them to join in this collaboration.

"I believe there are benefits for all concerned in extending this partnership. Volunteering plays a key role in supporting participation in sport at all levels and, through the Department’s Volunteering Strategy, I am keen to develop and add value to the existing contribution made by volunteers in the sports and community sectors."

(IT)

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