The Sports Development and Service Manager presented the above report, previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to update Members on the delivery of Everybody Active (EBA) 2020 Awards Grant Aid Programme for Sports Clubs for 2019/20 and to approve the roll out of the 2019/20 Grant Aid proposal.
Councillor Ferguson referred to non-profit sports clubs and asked if that would include community groups that held sports classes or incorporated sport into their programmes.
In response, the Sports Development and Service Manager stated that the process would be open to any affiliated sports club recognised by a governing body such as Sport NI.
The Director of Health and Community advised that this would not preclude a community organisation partnering with an affiliated sports club in order to make a funding application.
Councillor Tierney referred to the remarks made by Councillor Ferguson and asked if officers could consider a way of assisting those particular groups in building capacity for future funding opportunities. He referred to an issue with the kickboxing federation where a competitor became a world champion, however it could not be recognised as the club was not within the governing body of Sport NI. He stated that governance arrangements would need to be put in place at those organisations as there were clubs throughout the City and District producing world class competitors, however they were not receiving the recognition they deserved or the opportunity they deserve to qualify for this funding.
In response, the Director of Health and Community EBA funding was allocated by Sports Council NI who were also responsible for setting the criteria. She stated that officers would review the matter and report back to the next meeting of the Sports Forum of what potential opportunities may be available.
Councillor Tierney stated that he was aware of the funding process but was asking if clubs who fell outside of the process could be helped towards building capacity to help them become eligible for this and other types of funding opportunities from Sport NI.
Councillor McHugh referred to the report regarding the Club Maintenance Programme. He stated that following the recent under allocation of Support for Sport and Everybody Active Grant Aid Programme, the recommendation was endorsed to pilot a Club Maintenance Programme. He stated that it was his understanding that the remaining budget would have been returned to those particular programmes.
In response, the Sports Development and Service Manager stated that Support for Sport had an under spend to their budget. He stated that through recommendations within the Pitches Strategy and the District Sports Committee, the pilot for the Club Maintenance Programme was rolled out. He stated that the programme had been linked into participation programmes within Support for Sport and that the District Sports Committee had reported a high demand for the programme.
The Committee recommended
That (i) Members note the delivery of the 2019/2020 EBA 2020 Active Awards Grant Aid Programme; (ii) Members approve the roll out of the 2019/20 Grant Aid proposal and (iii) Officers review on how community groups who incorporated sport into their programmes could be assisted for future funding applications.