Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson is hosting a two day funding information visit at the European Parliament in Brussels by a 25 strong delegation comprised of senior personnel from the three major sporting codes in the North.
Martina Anderson said:
“I am pleased to be hosting this delegation representing the three major sporting codes in the North of Ireland. County Board representatives from Ulster GAA, Ulster Rugby and the IFA will be joined by Colin McKendry from Coleraine FC and Sean Barrett, Derry City FC.
“The delegation will meet with senior officials from the European Commission including Yves le Lostecque – Head of the Sports Unit, DG EAC, Luciano di Fonzo: Implementation of Sports Programs and Deborah Mash, EU Sports Platform as well as Heidi-Beth Hudson from the OFMdFM Executive Office in Brussels.
“They will also meet with the European Sports Network based in Brussels to discuss funding opportunities for sporting organisations in the next EU funding period: 2014 -2020.
“I am delighted to be able to facilitate this delegation and hopefully assist the sporting bodies to gain access to resources that up until now they may not have been aware of. Sport contributes to so many aspects of life in the community not least to a healthy lifestyle. If I can help in identifying additional resources that will enable sporting bodies to reach more people and expand their programmes I will continue do all I can to facilitate them.
“I hope the visit to Brussels is a fruitful one.”