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McNulty meets Ulster GAA Chiefs

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has met with the Chief Executive of Ulster GAA Brian McAvoy and Eugene Young, Director of Coaching and Games Development in Armagh this week.

Mr McNulty explained, ‘The GAA play a pivotal role in our society and do great work far beyond the sporting field.  They are engaged in every part of society and are heavily involved in the promotion of many health and wellbeing initiatives.’

‘I have been working closely with both Ulster GAA and the IFA in relation to the Schools Coaching Programme and we were able to secure the necessary funding to ensure it continued into this financial year.  We now need to see a firm commitment from the Department of Education and the Head of the Civil Service that this funding will continue beyond April.  The coaches employed under the scheme are instrumental in promoting health, wellbeing and sports development in our local schools and their endeavours have a very positive knock-on-effect in local clubs and communities.’

‘Ulster GAA and the IFA work very closely on delivering this programme and naturally the coaches themselves are concerned that the ongoing political instability at Stormont could put the future of their roles in jeopardy.  The coaches are high calibre people who are committed to positively contributing to the health, sports and character development of our young people.  I sincerely hope their commitment and the positive impact they make to society on a weekly basis is recognised and supported. I have written to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education seeking reassurances that these roles will guaranteed through the next financial year and long into the future.’

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