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McCausland endorses IFA / GAA "Sport In The Community" initiative

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has opened a community relations event jointly hosted by the Irish Football Association and Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The event, held at NICVA, served to showcase the good relations work being carried out by the joint IFA/GAA partnership as part of a three year “Sport in the Community” Project, funded by DSD. The event was also an opportunity to highlight examples of both football and GAA clubs who are models of good practice in their local communities.

Minister McCausland said: “I welcome the opportunity to be here today to celebrate the joint work that is being done by the IFA and GAA as part of the innovative “Sport in the Community” project, funded by my Department. This partnership working is providing opportunities for both organisations to share resources, skills and expertise in sport, and support in building volunteering capacity and community relations. My Department is also exploring opportunities with the Ulster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union which may enable them to join in this collaboration. I believe there are benefits for all concerned in extending this partnership. Volunteering plays a key role in supporting participation in sport at all levels and, through the Department’s Volunteering Strategy, I am keen to develop and add value to the existing contribution made by volunteers in the sports and community sectors.”

Notes to editors:

  1. 1. View photos of the visit later on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/niexecutive/collections/72157626632064777/
  2. 2. Media enquiries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9078. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.