Primary schools across Northern Ireland are to be offered the services of trained gaelic and football coaches in an innovative new educational programme, Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has told the Belfast Telegraph.
Working with the GAA and IFA, the Department of Education hopes to provide coaches who are scheduled to be in place from the beginning of next year.
The minister also revealed plans to implement a similar optional educational programme which will give primary school pupils access to Spanish and Irish lessons.
The plans emerged during an interview with the Telegraph, in which the minister spoke about her aspirations for the education sector and said she would like the current system - where pupils move to post-primary schools at the age of 11 - to be replaced.
Ms Ruane said she would like to see the education sector divided from nought to six, six to 14 and 14 to 19 years of age.
"We are in a changing world and our curriculum needs to deal with this," she said.