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Irish FA Reaches Out to Local Communities

Wed 13th Mar 2013 | Football Governance

THE Irish FA is delighted that the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has made an award of funding to the Association to assist in delivering the ‘Promoting Equality, Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion through Sport’ programme until March 2015.

The award from DCAL is up to £1.5million, spread as £500,000 per annum. The Irish FA will be using this funding to help tackle social exclusion in areas where there is a lack of opportunities and resources; it will also help neighbourhood communities and will assist in areas of poverty and deprivation.

So far the funding has already helped new programmes - Disability Football have been able to open a new Powerchair Football Club in Derry/Londonderry which is giving people in that area the chance to play nearer to home as before that the only Powerchair team was based in the Newtownabbey area.

Other areas where the money will be put in place to develop and support local communities are schemes such as the Schools Enterprise project, grassroots community relations schemes which focus on using football as a hook to promote respect for diversity such as interface cages football project. There will also be a comprehensive programme focused on health which will help different parts of the local society realise the importance of health and they will be given advice on how to mould your everyday living into a healthier life style.

Patrick Nelson, Irish FA Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to receive this support from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure which will allow us to deliver our work across Northern Ireland, particularly targeting areas of high social deprivation. We have allocated this funding to grassroots projects which reach far beyond the game, and deliver on the Department's target objectives of tackling poverty and social exclusion through the sport of football.

“The funding is an irreplaceable asset for the Irish FA and as an organisation we are confident we can help and support local communities through the projects set up to take place over the next three years.”

Image: The Programme Directors of the various programmes at the Irish FA which will deliver the ‘Promoting Equality, Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion through Sport’ programme until March 2015: Rachael Laws, Lee Carroll, Aongus O’Keeffe, Desi Curry, Alan Crooks, Geoff Wilson and Jenny Penrose.


Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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