Calling On Government To Boost The Nation in Budget 2022

Calling On Government To Boost The Nation in Budget 2022

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The Federation of Irish Sport Are Calling On Government To Boost The Nation Through Additional Funding For Sport and Physical Activity in Budget 2022

The Federation of Irish Sport believe that there has never been a better opportunity to harness the power of sport for our country as we emerge from the recent period of uncertainty. It is believed that an increased investment now in people and programmes that promote participation will have a disproportionately positive impact for the country that will continue long into the future.

The Federation of Irish Sport recognise and thank the government for the support of the sector over the last 18 months of covid19 with direct funding for Sport and physical activity, but also through cross sectoral supports that our members could access.

For Budget 2022, The Federation are seeking to ensure that they give the maximum number of people the opportunity to avail of the chance to become more active right across the wide range of sporting activities that either already exist or can be easily created by the NGB’s and the LSP’s, the organisations that are responsible for organising sport in Ireland today.

Every year The Federation of Irish Sport make a Pre-Budget Submission to Government on behalf of its members and this year’s submission focuses on five key asks:

1. Sports Resilience Funding
Recognise the pivotal role played by our NGB’s and LSP’s, and the impact that Covid has had on their finances, by putting in place a further tranche of the Sports Resilience Funding in the 2022 budget to assist them in ensuring their clubs, get back to pre-Covid levels of activity in the first instance, and create the platforms needed to ensure Irish Sport meets the targets of the National Sports policy.

2. National Sports Policy Funding
Increase overall current sports funding in the 2022 Budget, in line with its policies laid out in the National Sports Policy 2018–2027. It has always been The Federation’s contention that it is essential that the government’s commitment to doubling sports funding (over the ten-year life of the NSP) should be done incrementally, year on year, every year. Never has this been more important than for 2022.

3. A Commitment To Multi-Annual Funding
Move to a multi-annual system of current funding for sport, thereby giving the NGB’s and LSP’s the opportunity to plan ahead. This is not about extra funding but rather about certainty. Already there have been moves for such certainty for High Performance Sport. The ask is that it now be extended for all sports funding.

4. Sugar Tax and Sport
Redirect €1.35m (4.5%) of the Sweetened Sugar Drinks Tax exchequer returns to fund a specific campaign to tackle the obesity problem in Ireland. The sugar sweetened tax was created to stimulate behavioural change among Irish society away from the consumption of high-sugar products. While the tax is a financial disincentive, education is key in driving any behavioural change. Investing in sport to educate and encourage such change is a key element and should be resourced to support the overall aims of the sugar tax – to improve the health of the nation.

5. Betting Tax Redistribution

  1. €2.34m (4.5%) of the increase of the Betting Tax to develop and implement communication and educational programmes on the importance of sport and the protection of those at risk in our sporting community. Ideally this could be used to create grassroots diversion programmes in which sporting activity would be linked to educational, training and employment opportunities e.g., after school clubs focusing on sport, personal development, and education – literacy/numeracy and IT sessions.

Federation of Irish Sport CEO Mary O’Connor believes these will of huge benefit not just to the sports sector but to Ireland as a whole “Sport plays such a huge role in the lives Irish people, it brings people together, builds communities and provides joy to people in even the toughest times. What many people may not realise is that there is also a significant economic benefit of sport to this country through employment, tourism, tax receipts, prevention of illness and much more. The five asks in our pre budget submission reflect the needs of the sector and we believe that the government through Budget 2022 have the opportunity to provide the sports sector with the necessary tools to continue their work and positive impact into the future”

The Federation believe that the investment sought in the five key asks will see continued growth of the already massive economic value sport provides to Ireland. Resent research by Sport Ireland in association with Sheffield Hallam University revealed that the total value of sport to the Irish economy in 2018 was €3.7bn (GVA), while €3.3bn was spent by people in Ireland on sport related goods and services. Sport also made up 3.1% of all consumer expenditure in Ireland in 2018 (up from 2% in 2008) and 64,080 people were employed in sport in Ireland, while the estimated economic value of volunteering in sport and physical activity in Ireland in 2018 was €1.5bn

Recent research by the Federation of Irish Sport also suggests that the State may recoup up to €195 in tax revenue for every €100 invested in sport-related activity.

Irish Olympian Rhys McClenaghan believes that this additional funding could make a huge difference, particularly to his own sport of Gymnastics “I’m incredibly grateful for the support that I’ve already got but there’s a lot of work that could be done to bring even larger numbers to gymnastics in Ireland. We want to get large teams going to Olympic games, that’s such a huge goal for us to achieve and that can only be achieved through that support coming through the grassroots”


FAI and Sky announce landmark sponsorship deal

FAI and Sky announce landmark sponsorship deal

A landmark partnership between the Football Association of Ireland and Sky has been announced today, which sees Sky becoming the first-ever, standalone Primary Partner of the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team. The four-year partnership means Sky will be Primary Partner of the Women’s National Team through two major tournaments – the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia / New Zealand and the 2025 UEFA Women’s

The announcement was made today as Ireland Senior Women’s Team Manager, Vera Pauw, reveals her squad for the upcoming friendly fixture against Australia, on 21st September. The new partnership also comes a week
after the FAI’s historic announcement on equal pay, for the Women’s and Men’s senior teams.

Speaking at today’s partnership announcement, CEO of Sky Ireland, JD Buckley, said: “This is a momentous day for the whole team at Sky Ireland and one that we are exceptionally excited about. We have been looking forward to announcing this partnership and we are honoured to be the first-ever, stand-alone Primary Partner of the Women’s National Team.

“This squad is made up of incredible people who have broken through barriers, both on and off the pitch. They are, and will continue to be, an inspiration to people of all ages right across the country. As their partner, it is so important that we spotlight and celebrate this squad and their achievements – that’s what this partnership is all about. “We were delighted to see the FAI’s equal pay announcement last week, and as Primary Partner to the team, we look forward to doing everything we can to support them over the coming years.”

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Manager, Vera Pauw, said: “The significance of this partnership announcement is testament to the dedication of every one of the players and backroom staff members for what they continue to achieve, on and off the pitch.

“The support of a brand like Sky, as we turn our focus to the 2023 FIFA World Cup, is hugely exciting. Everyone involved with the Ireland squad are thrilled to welcome Sky to our team, and we look forward to working with them.”

Also speaking at today’s partnership announcement, FAI CEO, Jonathan Hill, said: “On behalf of the FAI Board and myself, we are delighted to announce Sky as Primary Partner of the Women’s National Team. This is yet another really positive step forward for women’s and girls’ football in Ireland and comes on the back of our historic announcement on equal pay last week.

“Football for women and girls is a core focus within our FAI Strategy and this truly is a landmark announcement for the FAI. Partnerships like this are exactly what will help us to grow the women’s game and ensure opportunities for younger generations to come and indeed, to persuade more women to get involved in the game full stop – be it as coaches, administrators or players. I want to thank JD Buckley and the Sky Ireland team for understanding and supporting that vision.”

The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team will welcome Australia to Tallaght Stadium on 21st September before commencing World Cup action against Sweden at home, on Thursday 21st October.

Federation of Irish Sport announce three-year partnership with Governance, Risk and Compliance software provider CalQRisk

Federation of Irish Sport announce three-year partnership with Governance, Risk and Compliance software provider CalQRisk

The Federation of Irish Sport is delighted to announce GRC software provider CalQRisk as its latest partner. The fully integrated end-to-end Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) management information system provider has signed a three-year deal with the Federation. The partnership is the latest in a suite of partners that offer essential services to benefit some 110 sporting associations that are represented by the Federation.

By the end of December, Government supports will only be available to those organisations who have demonstrated a commitment to good Governance, and who have acceptable processes in place. For those in sport leadership this means that implementing the Governance Code for Sport and ensuring compliance across the sector is more important than ever. The CalQRisk System is designed to simplify the process while helping an NGB/LSP achieves its governance goals. It came about through consultation with the Federation and discussions with NGB CEOs and sport practitioners. CalQRisk has a long history of developing solutions for and with businesses, charities and NFP’s in highly regulated environments, so the product draws on that deep well of understanding of the key issues.   

CalQRisk represents a unique, centralised solution for organisations of all sizes.  A central part of the platform is an in-depth knowledgebase of risks and associated controls that is updated every time there are changes in Best Practice, Industry Standards, Codes and Legal and Regulatory requirements. With one-time set up, the system removes much of the laborious and repetitive work which characterises current processes and systematically provides evidence of the effort. The CalQRisk approach gives organisations the peace of mind and confidence that they are meeting their requirements and stated objectives, whether organisational or regulatory.

The solution has a full suite of tailorable, exportable reports as well as interactive dashboards. Counting charities, credit unions, public sector bodies and financial services organisations among their many clients, CalQRisk have the experience and expertise to provide a one-stop solution for sporting bodies managing their governance, risk, and compliance obligations. 

Commenting on the announcement, Federation of Irish Sport CEO, Mary O’Connor said “We’re delighted to have CalQRisk on board as a partner of the Federation. They are in a really exciting period of growth and development that will only benefit Federation members over the next couple of years. Their work to date has seen them revolutionise compliance management and reporting, making the arduous but essential journey to compliance much easier. The ongoing focus on governance is a positive and important development for the sector and we believe that our many members and indeed their members will find the services of CalQRisk of huge value on their compliance journeys. We look forward to working with them for the next three years”.

A key element of the partnership will be the focus on providing NGBs/LSPs with the support system to implement and manage compliance of their organisations and where applicable affiliated clubs at grassroots level.

 At the partnership launch, Terry O’Brien from CalQRisk said “Engaging with the Federation of Irish Sport has been a great experience. They are committed professionals effectively representing all Irish sport on key strategic issues. We are delighted to be in partnership with them and look forward to assisting Irish sporting bodies at all levels to bring certainty, completeness and visibility to their governance, risk, and compliance efforts. Key to this aim is that compliance is lived throughout the organisation. Our software application facilitates continuous self-assessment, compliance monitoring and drives best practice at all levels of the organisation. We look forward to working with the federation and all of the NGBs and LSPs to achieve their GRC objectives.”

For any further enquiries about the services of CalQRisk Sport please contact Terry O’Brien at

 About CalQRisk:

CalQRisk is an Irish company created to provide technology enabled integrated Governance, Risk & Compliance solutions.  Through many years of continuous development and working closely with clients, CalQRisk has evolved into the complete GRC platform, whether for an SME, MNC or a sporting body. CalQRisk has won international recognition in the Global Risk Awards as well as being shortlisted for several different awards in the GRC sector. CalQRisk is led by a team of experienced professionals with over 100 years’ experience at C-Suite level. The Senior Leadership Team is backed up by a team with a wide range of skills including risk management, compliance, software implementation and software development. Our experts have also served on the committees of Irish and International standard making bodies.

Denis Duggan appointed as new CEO of Horse Sport Ireland

Denis Duggan appointed as new CEO of Horse Sport Ireland

Following a competitive process managed by Mazars, Horse Sport Ireland are very pleased to announce the appointment of Denis Duggan as their Chief Executive Officer.

A native of Tipperary, Denis Duggan currently holds the post of CEO of Macra Na Feirme and will join Horse Sport Ireland in January 2022. Denis has a prolific background in the agriculture and business sector and brings a wealth of experience with him to take up the helm at Horse Sport Ireland. Denis holds an MBA from National University Galway.

Previously, Denis worked with Shannon Development for six years, followed by the position of Senior Regional Development Executive with Enterprise Ireland encouraging and developing new agri-business start-ups. Of great interest, Denis was also involved in the Innovation Arena gaining a variety of achievements and awards across community development and science.

Denis has been instrumental in tripling the surplus of the rural youth association (Macra Na Feirme) in respect of its membership, for the first time in decades. Furthermore, Denis carries an in-depth knowledge of stakeholder relations, critical lobbying and governance expertise all balanced with astute business acumen. Denis has been noted by many as a strong professional leader which is highly desirable for Horse Sport Ireland as we move through the next phase of development and strategic implementation.

HSI Acting Chair, Mary Lambkin-Coyle said of the appointment:

“I am very pleased to welcome Denis Duggan as CEO of HSI. I believe he will bring strong leadership and commercial acumen to help us to achieve our ambitious objectives for the Sport Horse industry in the coming years as laid out in our strategic plan. In particular, we will look to Denis to deliver our centre of excellence at Greenogue and to establish it as a vibrant headquarters for the industry hosting a comprehensive programme of education and research”.

Denis Duggan said of his appointment:

“Horse Sport Ireland, with its team of staff, board of directors, and affiliates, is an incredible organisation with huge potential. The foundations are in place with the current strategic plan to embark on a period of exciting development and growth across equestrian sports and breeding. I look forward to leading the organisation on this journey as we embrace the challenges ahead and to working with all our partners and stakeholders on bringing our ambitious plans to fruition.”

HSI acting CEO, Joe Reynolds said of the appointment:

I welcome Denis Duggan to HSI. Denis is a proven manager in a streamlined membership organisation dealing with 170 clubs in rural Ireland. I look forward to working with Denis to deliver some of the exciting projects already in hand and have no doubt Denis’s background and expertise will widen the scope of our activities.