Re­prieve for 50 coach­ing jobs in sport funds U-turn

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

FIFTY jobs have been saved af­ter a U-turn on fund­ing for a sports coach­ing scheme that links the GAA and the IFA.

Fund­ing for the Cur­ricu­lum Sports Pro­gramme was to end this month, but yes­ter­day it was an­nounced it would now con­tinue un­til March 2018. It comes af­ter a Stor­mont fund­ing re­al­lo­ca­tion in which the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion re­ceived £10m.

Both the Ul­ster GAA and the IFA wel­comed the de­ci­sion.

IFA chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­trick Nel­son and Ul­ster GAA chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian McAvoy thanked ev­ery­one who had cam­paigned to save the coach­ing pro­gramme.

“More than 50 staff across both or­gan­i­sa­tions faced re­dun­dancy so the de­ci­sion of the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is wel­come news,” they said.

“This is a great boost for our chil­dren and our schools as the Cur­ricu­lum Sports Pro­gramme is about much more than foot­ball or Gaelic games — it’s about in­still­ing prin­ci­ples of ex­er­cise and over­all phys­i­cal well­be­ing to chil­dren at a young age — an age at which they are most im­pres­sion­able.”

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