Sports Minister Paul Givan announces £200,000 additional funding to boxing
Sports Minister Paul Givan has announced a £200,000 funding fillip to four Northern Ireland amateur boxing clubs to help improve their premises.
The news came just before Belfast boxer Michael Conlan fights in the Rio Olympics from 3.30pm today.
The additional funding will help three Belfast clubs Cairn Lodge ABC, City of Belfast ABC, and world champion Carl Frampton's old club Midland ABC.
Carrickfergus club,Castle ABC will be encouraged to develop their facilities in a bid to increase membership in their clubs, in particular amongst girls and women, who are currently under-represented in the sport.
Mr Givan said: “This funding will bring much needed improvements to boxing clubs in areas where sport can play a significant role within the local communities. Without improvements to these facilities, there could be a negative impact on both health and well being for the young people who attend the clubs and put their communities at a disadvantage.
“One of my Department’s priorities is to increase participation in sport and this funding has the potential to do this along with bringing many other benefits to the communities in the areas served by these four boxing clubs. Sport NI has already commenced engagement with the clubs to progress these improvements.
“I intend to secure more funding to improve sporting facilities, including for boxing and this is a first step in that direction.”