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Video: Northern Ireland's three main sports to work closer together under new initiative

The three main sports in Northern Ireland - football, rugby and gaelic football - have come together to launch a new initiative to ensure they work closer together in the best interests of all.

Sport Uniting Communities - comprising the Irish Football Association, Ulster Rugby and the GAA - was unveiled today at the Stormont Hotel by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "I am delighted to be here today to support these three sports in this new project and the work they have been doing over a considerable period of time.

"As we all know those who are involved in sport cross all barriers."

Ryan Feeney, head of Community with Ulster GAA, said: "This is a milestone event. It's a collaborative framework launch between Ulster Rugby, the IFA and the GAA which is going to allow us to bid for significant funding for community development, sports participation and volunteerism."

Shane Logan, Chief Executive of Ulster Rugby, added: "We have 50,60,000 of the most marginalised 10 per cent of people in society involved in programmes to do with these three sports. What is happening today is monumental."

Patrick Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of the IFA, stressed: "What today is all about is highlighting all of the valuable work we have been doing - and taking that forward."

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