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McCausland ‘Rugby Union funding award is boost for volunteering in sport’

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has awarded the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) funding support of £133,000.
Thursday, 7 February 2013

The funding is for IRFU to join the partnership with the GAA and IFA in the innovative project ‘Sport in the Community’. The partnership supports a range of joint development programmes which will include shared learning workshops, club development programmes, community outreach initiatives, neighbourhood renewal objectives and volunteer training and development.

Minister McCausland said: “I am delighted that my Department continues to support this innovative project ‘Sport in the Community’. The inclusion of Irish Rugby Football Union Ulster Branch (IRFU) will add strength to this project through the joined up partnership and co-ordinated approach with the IFA and GAA. Volunteers are a key component in the delivery of sport across Northern Ireland. I wish to acknowledge the important work of volunteers and am keen to expand on the already highly valued contribution made by those who volunteer within the sporting and community sectors.”

Shane Logan, Chief Executive of the IRFU (Ulster Branch), commented: “I would like to thank the Minister and his Department for this funding. We are delighted to be part of the ‘Sport in the Community’ project and look forward to working in partnership with the Irish Football Association and Ulster GAA, to grow the number of volunteers involved in sport, and to help affect positive change at community level.”

This flagship project supports the Department for Social Development’s Volunteering Strategy for Northern Ireland and will provide over £480,000 during the three year partnership to support community and volunteer development.

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