West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed confirmation from DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín that SportNI is developing a new £17.5 million programme to improve infrastructure and boost performance and participation in sports.
Mr McAleer said,
“I received correspondence recently from the Minister that the £17.5 million lottery funded programme will be rolled out over a five-year period with investment for organisations being available from the end of this year.
“The new funding will be used to improve and develop sporting infrastructure and boost sporting performances.
“I particularly welcome the fact it will also be targeted towards increasing participation in sport and leisure among underrepresented groups.
“This will be underpinned by social outcomes such as addressing poverty and social exclusion.
“SportNI intend to facilitate workshops in the autumn.
“These will outline the funding priorities and assist groups in identifying and developing suitable projects.
“I appreciate the vital role that sport plays in creating a healthy society so I welcome this announcement.
“In the meantime, I advise organisations to register their interest online by logging on to www.sportni.net/funding+registrations.
“SportNI will then automatically contact organisations once more details of the programme becomes available.” ENDS/CRÍOCH