Sport Ireland will invest €4m into its Women in Sport Programme over the next two years.

In 2019 the body announced details of an investment of over €3m in national governing bodies [NGBs] of sport through the re-launched programme up to this year.

They will continue that commitment over 2021 and 2022 in support of NGBs with particular emphasis on coaching and officiating, active participation, leadership and governance, and visibility.

"The appointment of Nora Stapleton as Women in Sport Lead in Sport Ireland, as well as the appointment of leads in many NGBs, has led to the creation of a network with increased levels of information sharing, collaboration and delivery of joint initiatives amongst the sector," said Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy.

"This network, along with the wider NGB sector, are working hard to promote sport and physical activity to women and girls.

"The funding announced today will not only see a diverse range of sports available to the female Irish public but an increase in the visibility of females be that as role models on the pitch or playing field, on boards or in the media."

Stapleton added: "2020 was a difficult year and like all areas across the sector, many Women in Sport programmes and events were curtailed or had to be redesigned. Many programmes will continue in to 2021 and the NGBs have submitted applications for many new, innovative and exciting projects for the next cycle and I look forward to working with them."