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€7.4m funding for FAI, GAA and IRFU
15 Apr 2015 15:03
A €7.4m investment in youth field sports, aimed at supporting grass-roots development in rugby, soccer and Gaelic games has been announced by the Government today.
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As part of the funding, €2.4m will be invested in the GAA, €2.7m in the FAI and €2.36m in the IRFU.
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The funding will be spent on coach development, club support, under-age programmes, volunteer support programmes, community schemes, referee development and targeting at-risk communities.
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“The investment supports the long-term sustainable development of the FAI, GAA and IRFU and contributes significantly to our communities in sport and the health and well-being of the nation,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.
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Speaking at the announcement in Croke Park, John Treacy, CEO of the Irish Sports Council said: “The Irish Sports Council shares a common goal with the GAA, IRFU and FAI to increase participation in sport and physical activity.
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“In 2014, the Irish Sports Council supported over 770,000 participants in various programmes across 4,656 clubs.”
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