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Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey

A survey of football clubs is under way on how best to develop small stadia here.

In a written answer to a question from Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said her officials were involved in "strategic discussions with key stakeholders who oversee the game, operate the facilities, support football and play the sport at all levels".

The minister said a working group had also been established, bringing together local representative bodies involved in the sport.

In 2011 the Executive endorsed the investment of £36m in support of the development of sub-regional football stadia across Northern Ireland in order to meet the strategic needs of the game.

It's understood the stadium development programme will also cover plans to upgrade grounds belonging to Irish League clubs.

In autumn 2020 three south Antrim football clubs came together with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to submit a collective bid for £17m to help fund the development of stadia in their area.

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