The Sports Development and Service Manager presented the above report, previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to seek Members’ approval for the delivery of the Neighbourhood Renewal Active Citizen through Sport Programme.
Councillor Tierney stated that whilst he proposed the recommendation within the report he had concerns regardingthe £10,000 reduced training costs and asked what impact this would have on the roll out of the programmes throughout the Neighbourhood Renewal areas. He also asked for clarification on how funding had been allocated to each of those areas.
In response, the Sports Development and Service Manager stated that the reduction in the Coach Education budget would result in a reduced number of participants in the coach education courses. He stated that within the Sports Development budget funding had been allocated to lessen the impact on those particular courses. He then referred to the allocation of funding throughout the Neighbourhood Renewal areas and stated that funding was apportioned per population, therefore an area with a larger population would get a larger proportion of the funding.
Councillor Mellon stated that she required more information regarding the funding reduction and In response to a query from Councillor Mellon, the Sports Development and Service Manager stated that the Department for Communities (DfC) had reduced the funding, however, allocation of funding from the Sports Development budget would hopefully lessen the impact.
Councillor Gallagher endorsed the recommendation within the report. He then asked for an update on the official opening of the Felix McCrossan Pitch at Melvin Sports Complex in Strabane.
In response, the Director for Health and Community stated draft proposals were currently being prepared by the marketing team. She stated that the process of how the brand would be developed and costs for the renaming events at Melvin Arena, Brandywell Stadium and the Mark Farren Stand were being considered and a report would be provided at the September Committee meeting.
In response to a query by Councillor Tierney, the Sports Development and Service Manager stated £7,000 had been allocated from within the Sports Development budget.
Recommended that (i) Members approve the delivery of the Neighbourhood Renewal Active Citizenship through Sport Project for 2019/20 (ii) that Member approve the issue of Service Level Agreements to the named organisations outlined in Section 3.3 within each of the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas with associated budgets.