Belfast Telegraph

Reprieve for Northern Ireland coaching jobs in sport funds U-turn

By Staff Reporter

Fifty jobs have been saved after a U-turn on funding for a sports coaching scheme that links the GAA and the IFA.

Funding for the Curriculum Sports Programme was to end this month, but yesterday it was announced it would now continue until March 2018. It comes after a Stormont funding reallocation in which the Department of Education received £10m.

Both the Ulster GAA and the IFA welcomed the decision.

IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson and Ulster GAA chief executive Brian McAvoy thanked everyone who had campaigned to save the coaching programme.

"More than 50 staff across both organisations faced redundancy so the decision of the Department of Education is welcome news," they said.

"This is a great boost for our children and our schools as the Curriculum Sports Programme is about much more than football or Gaelic games - it's about instilling principles of exercise and overall physical wellbeing to children at a young age - an age at which they are most impressionable."

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