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.

As part of the funding, €2.4m will be invested in the GAA, €2.7m in the FAI and €2.36m in the IRFU. 

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.

“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.

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.

“In 2014, the Irish Sports Council supported over 770,000 participants in various programmes across 4,656 clubs.”