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Sinn Féin welcome boxing funding announcement

9 August, 2012 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has given a warm welcome to Sports Minister Carál Níi Chuilín’s announcement of a £3m investment in amateur boxing.

The Sinn Féin East Derry spokesperson said:

“This is welcome news for boxing clubs throughout the North. These clubs are mostly in working class communities and have suffered from under-funding for many years with poor facilities the norm rather than the exception.

“It has only been the through the great dedication, commitment and sacrifice of voluntary workers including coaches that have kept the clubs alive. Not only have the clubs been able to produce world champions but they have given young people confidence and a sense of community.

“With boxers from Ireland leading the way at the Olympics, this is a timely public announcement of a commitment given by the Minister to the DCAL Committee in June.

“The Minister had at the beginning of her term stated that boxing would be a priority given the huge positive impact the sport has in areas of high disadvantage.”

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