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.
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"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."


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