The Federation of Irish Sport welcomes today’s announcement by Sport Ireland of €36 million in core 2020 funding allocations . This is a significant commitment to ensuring the continued work of NGBs, LSPs and High Performance Departments.
The funding which sees a €1m increase for core operations in NGBs and €9.4m in high performance is particularly important in what is of course an Olympic and Paralympic year. It is to be welcomed given that 45 athletes have already qualified for Tokyo2020. The further €8.3m announced to support the work of the 29 Local Sports Partnerships will be key as we strive to create a more active and healthy Ireland.
The Federation are pleased that the work of sport and physical activity in Ireland continues to be recognised by government through the funding provided by Sport Ireland. In 2019, the Federation continued to dedicate its own work to advocating on behalf of our members and highlighting the many benefits sport and physical activity bring to Irish society – from health to economic and social inclusion. As a positive voice for Irish sport we strive to showcase the work of our members to government and wider society in a bid to encourage continued funding to benefit all.
The National Sports Policy, launched in 2018, provides a strong direction for the growth of sport and physical activity and the Federation, through its presence on the Sport Leadership Group, looks forward to continuing to advocate for the proper resourcing of the policy to ensure the actions are successfully achieved. Today’s announcement is a further positive step for all those involved and committed to the successful enactment of the National Sports Policy and the growth of sport and physical activity.