|‘Resilience is the capacity of a system, enterprise or person to retain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances’
Welcome to June – we hope you are keeping safe and well. For those of you who are slowly returning to activity we hope you and your members are coping well with the new environment, while challenging – it is a positive step.
Since our last note to you all, the Federation has been actively working with government to ensure that our ask for a Resilience fund for Sport is being considered and to emphasise the impact COVID-19 has had on its viability. just how valuable the sector is to the health of Ireland as well as its value to the Irish economy Throughout the past two weeks we have ensured that the Irish government, media and public are aware of the importance of our ask. You will find a summary of the coverage available at www.irishsport.ie/newsmedia.
We are continuing to ask the government for:
· The introduction of a Resilience fund open to both NGBs and Sports Clubs across the country
· A dedicated taskforce that would work alongside the introduction of the Resilience fund for Sport and Physical Activity that will have a cross sector of expertise to formulate proposals and measures to reignite the sport sector as we live with Covid19
You will find a more detailed look at our asks here; https://www.irishsport.ie/federation-calls-for-a-resilience-fund-for-sport-and-a-task-force/
The Federation appreciates your continued support and I would ask that you continue to promote the key aspects of our submission across your own channels via social media, member/club communications and any other opportunities you may have to add your organisation’s voice to the collective ask.
This newsletter is our 6th COVID19 response edition and while it still contains any significant updates from government it now also showcases some of the fantastic work being done by NGBs and LSPs who have pivoted their work in the face of this crisis. We believe by sharing these initiatives you will all have the opportunity to learn from each other in how your organisation can adapt. We will also continue to share any partnership opportunities on offer to you as Federation members.
Throughout this crisis 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, as a number of you have either returned to activity or plan to in the coming weeks I would ask you to continue to adhere to government guidelines and advice in relation to tackling this pandemic and engaging in a safe return to any activity.
Stay safe, stay well.
CEO Federation of Irish Sport.