13/10/2017

Decision To Cut Funding For GAA And IFA Coaches Reversed

The decision to cut funding for GAA and IFA coaches has been reversed.

The Curriculum Sports Programme provides coaching to 40,000 pupils each year and reinstating the programme will save 50 jobs.

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty welcomed the decision.

He said: "I'm delighted that the programme will now be saved after I led a cross party delegation to meet the Head of the Civil Service on this matter. We have been working closely with the GAA and the IFA to save the 50 jobs that were under threat as a result of the decision to scrap the programme.
News Image
"On Wednesday the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Finance reallocated funds as part of the October Monitoring Round and allocated an additional £10million to the Department of Education who fund the CSP. I immediately made contact with the Permanent Secretary and pressed him on the need for an allocation to be made to the Curriculum Sports Programme.

"There is rightly a focus on encouraging children to maintain a fit, healthy and active lifestyle. All the evidence shows that taking part in sport and maintaining an active lifestyle from an early age doesn’t just benefit a child’s physical wellbeing, it positively influences their mental health, as well as their emotional and character development."

(CD)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

19 October 2001
Politicians launch £18.5m children’s fund consultation
A major consultation into how an £18.5million fund for children in need and young people at risk should be operated, has been launched by Sir Reg Empey, Deputy First Minister Séamus Mallon, and Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mark Durkan.
24 October 2018
Anger At Cuts To Sports Scheme For NI Primary Schools
A decision by the Department of Education to end the funding provided for sports coaching at over 400 Northern Ireland primary schools has been highly criticised, with SDLP sports spokesman Justin McNulty branding the move a result of the failed devolved government.
04 October 2019
Wrightbus Workers To Stage Rally In Ballymena
Wrightbus staff are set to march on their Co Antrim factory this afternoon. With 1,200 jobs under-threat as the bus manufacturer seeks a new buyer, Unite is calling for the owners to "hand back the land" to the people of Ballymena.
17 May 2019
£600k Sports Funding Boost For Schools
Primary schools across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a new £600,000 sports coaching programme. Funded by the Department of Education, the sports and emotional resilience scheme will be run by the GAA and Irish Football Association.
04 February 2004
Local sports benefit from Lottery funding
Local school and community sports groups are to benefit from more than £500,000 worth National Lottery grants thanks to the New Opportunities Fund. The grants have been awarded under the Fund’s PE and Sport programme which aims to transform sporting facilities in schools and the wider community across Northern Ireland. This £33.