Sports Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín has launched the report ‘A Sporting Chance – Evaluation of the Promoting Equality, Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion through Sport ‘.
The report evaluates a programme for promoting equality, tackling poverty and social exclusion through sport. It was delivered by the Irish Football Association (IFA), Ulster Council of the GAA (UCGAA) and the Irish Rugby Football Association (UBIRFU).
Each Governing Body implemented a series of educational and outreach programmes aimed at promoting awareness and training around healthy lifestyles, mental health and breaking down barriers.
The Minister said: “The Evaluation Report being launched today assesses the success and the overall impact of the programme to date. I am extremely proud that DCAL was able to fund this excellent programme, which created many opportunities to deliver social change. It will create an outstanding legacy for many of the people involved.
“My highest priority, the most important objective for my Department and a key Programme for Government objective, is to promote equality, tackle poverty and social exclusion; growing the economy and proactively changing patterns of social disadvantage. I believe this programme was an excellent example of how my Department is contributing to this valuable objective.
“I would like to congratulate the IFA, Ulster Rugby and the Ulster GAA for their major contribution to the successful delivery of this programme and acknowledge that the relations between these three sports are stronger than ever.”