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National Sports Policy launched

25 July, 2018

Ireland Active welcomes the publication of Ireland’s first National Sports Policy which outlines the Government’s commitment to the development of Irish Sport both participation and High Performance over the next 10 years.

Ireland Active, the representative body for the Leisure, Health & Fitness Industry is delighted that for the first time the role of its members in terms of the provision of both expertise and facilities for the advancement of sport has been recognised.

The Policy which includes a commitment to elevate Irish Sport to the top table globally details 57 different actions a number of which are of particular relevance to the Leisure, Health & Fitness sector including:

-the doubling of investment in sport,

-an annual Sports Capital Programme,

-funding for new large scale sport infrastructure projects,

-the development of a National Swimming Strategy,

-the subvention of Local Authority facilities to assist in the delivery of participation programmes and; 

-the prioritisation of individual sports such as running, swimming and cycling all of which promote lifelong physical activity.

Ireland Active also welcome the establishment of a Sports Leadership Group charged with developing a plan to oversee the delivery of the identified actions as well as the on-going monitoring review. We are delighted that Ireland Active is to be given the opportunity of representing our members on that Group and look forward to working with Government, Sport Ireland and other sports industry stakeholders.

Speaking on the publication, Conn McCluskey, CEO, Ireland Active said:

“We are delighted to see the launch of the National Sports Policy as we believe it has the potential to enable the sports and fitness sector to deliver a more active and healthy population. In particular it is welcome to see a doubling of funding being committed to during the lifetime of the policy which will provide much needed financial support for organisations and facilities in delivering the actions contained in the policy. The inclusion of a new National Swimming Strategy and funding for swimming pool programmes, along with the potential for a tax incentive for the fitness sector is welcome as personal exercise is recognised as being the most popular sport amongst adults in Ireland.”

Speaking at the launch Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, TD said:

 “The publication of this policy is an important milestone for the Irish sporting community and sets out a Vision for Irish Sport in 2027, along with 57 actions to transform our sporting landscape over the next decade. Increasing participation is the cornerstone of this policy. We want to see every citizen engaging regularly in some form of sport and physical activity, irrespective of their background or their physical capabilities. Together with the stakeholders across all levels of sport in this country, we will relentlessly pursue the aims of this policy to elevate Ireland to the top of the table globally for both participation in sport and high performance over the next decade.”

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, TD added:

“The benefits of sport and physical activity to our population are clear and sport is a valuable asset to communities across the country. The availability of quality sports facilities is key to raising standards and Government investment in recent years at the National Sports Campus and throughout the country is proof of our commitment to sustaining this investment to our sporting infrastructure. The National Sports Policy 2018-2027 also sees continued support of our high performance athletes to keep on inspiring the generations that follow after them in their particular sport. I would hope to see a  significant increase in our high performance investment over the next decade, to some €30 million annually.”

The National Sports Policy can be read in full by clicking here

The 57 Actions contained in the Policy can be read by clicking here

Ireland Active would like to thank the Ministers and their Department staff for their consultation and active engagement with us during the development of the policy.

For further information:

Ireland Active Team @ Wilson Hartnell

Shane Nolan / Sophie Eustace/ Sarah O’Connor /

01 6690156 / SN 086 0835402  / SE 085 717 6183 /SOC 086 8048446 /

Shane.nolan@ogilvy.com / sophie.eustace@ogilvy.com/ sarah.oconnor@ogilvy.com

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