|‘With the right support, there is nothing we cannot achieve together’
We hope that you are well and safe as we conclude another week of national COVID-19 mitigation and are learning to adapt to this new environment.
Throughout the last two weeks we have continued to work with representatives at government level and key stakeholders in Irish Sport to ensure the voice of Irish Sport is heard. The Federation have strongly advocated for specific support measures for sport clubs similar to the measures announced in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early April, we have also called for the establishment of an expert working group for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation during this crisis as well as provision of a government led funding injection package for NGB’s to stimulate activity post the COVID-19 emergency.
This work has included engaging with you, our Federation members on matters of insurance, government support and, crucially, an insight into the position of your many clubs up and down the country. This work has provided us with a stark picture of how COVID-19 is impacting the national grassroots landscape and has formed a large part of our discussions with Minister Brendan Griffin. I have written to Minister Griffin to again highlight our concerns on behalf of our members and to re-emphasise our asks for the sport, physical activity and recreation sector. The main asks from the letter can be read at https://www.irishsport.ie/federation-asks-for-sport-and-physical-activity-to-minister-brendan-griffin/
The Federation of Irish Sport also welcomes correspondence from Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy on the return to sport protocols as this is a topic we emphasised at our most recent government meeting under the framework of protect, prepare and prevail and I would encourage all members to provide feedback. Regarding the announcement by government on Tuesday April 21st on Mass Gatherings of 5000 people it is important to note that there was no consultation with the sport sector and we are seeking clarity on this announcement on our members behalf.
On Tuesday this week a position paper on the impact of the COVID-19 on the sport sector was published by EOC EU Office asking the EU to support sport organisations and I would encourage our members to read it. It again highlights and reinforces what the Federation has been advocating for since the emergence of this crisis.
As you will now be aware, this newsletter contains up to date government information and supports as well as initiatives and information from our partners who are working on innovative solutions to COVID-19 challenges.
Throughout this crises and beyond, myself and the Federation team are on hand to assist you, our members. If any of you have specific questions, please contact us on any of the numbers below. Please also keep an eye on our COVID-19 updates page at www.irishsport.ie which will be updated regularly with any relevant information.
Mary O’Connor, CEO – 0860437884
Sinead Conroy, Business Manager – 0860437887
Finally, I would ask you to continue to adhere to government guidelines and advice in relation to tackling this pandemic.
Stay safe, stay well.
CEO Federation of Irish Sport.