The Irish FA has today been notified that its application to the Sport NI Sports Sustainability Fund programme, for approximately £6.5m on behalf of football, has been successful.
Irish FA CEO Patrick Nelson said: “I want to place on record our thanks to the Department for Communities and Sport NI, with whom we have worked closely over the last few months to secure this funding.
“We have liaised with our clubs and leagues to ensure their applications are robust and properly planned with the relevant paperwork and documentation to accompany them. We set up a small internal task force before Christmas to help do this, holding webinars and communicating regularly on our own channels and directly with those who were making applications.”
The Sports Sustainability Fund is designed to provide much needed support to alleviate financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. The fund will play a crucial role in supporting sport to survive and emerge strongly from COVID-19, as the NI Executive announces pathway plans for a return to sport in Northern Ireland.
“We know football, like many sports, can play a huge social and cultural role particularly in times of adversity,” added Nelson, “so we’re really pleased the game at all levels will benefit as we work our way out of lockdown and back into some sort of normality.
“Once we have received the funds we will work to get the much needed money to successful applicants as quickly as possible.”
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