In February Martina Anderson MEP hosted a sporting delegation from across the province of Ulster comprising the three major sporting codes; GAA, Rugby and Soccer.
Following the trip, Anderson said. "With the beginning of the current 7 year funding cycle in January 2014 this was a very opportune moment for the three codes to visit Brussels to discuss the funding opportunities that exist at the EU level. Significantly the new Erasmus + Programme 2014-2020 with a distinct funding stream for Sport represents the first time in the EU's history that there is a designated budget line for sports projects."
She continued, "Representatives from all three codes engaged enthusiastically with Commission officials from the Department of Education and Culture who manage the Erasmus + Programme. There were other very useful meeting including that with the EU Sports platform where we discussed the importance of networking with other sports organisation across Europe. In addition to Erasmus + we also discussed other funding sources for sports related projects such as research activities in Horizon 2020 and potential funding from PEACE IV."
"This was an extremely beneficial visit. My objective was to introduce organisations such as the GAA, IRFU, IFA and FAI to the opportunities of EU funding and show that we will assist and direct them in any way we can in order to get the support they need in the process of securing funding", she concluded.