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Sport Northern Ireland Draft Corporate Plan 2020-2025


            The Head of Community Development and Leisure presented the report, the purpose of which was to advise Members of and seek views on the Sport Northern Ireland draft Corporate Plan 2020-2025 which is open for consultation in addition to promoting the opportunity for feedback through the Citizens Space survey.


Alderman Devenney stated that anything related to the promotion of sport had to be welcomed.  He stated that issues with Covid-19 meant that sporting activities had to be postponed or cancelled.  Therefore, any initiative brought forward was appreciated.  He further welcomed that sport would be promoted in rural and disadvantaged areas of the city and district as sport was something that united everyone.


Alderman Hussey referred to an issue that has been previously highlighted regarding the designation of club levels.  He stated that in December 2020, the Championship Association Football clubs had sought definition as elite sports clubs.  He stated that the GAA clubs had at one stage been designated as elite and now designated as non-elite.  He stated that there was funding from Sport NI via the governing bodies which also created an issue.  Therefore, clarity was needed from Sport NI in consultation with the sporting governing bodies as to the designation of the level of clubs.


Councillor Mooney concurred with the sentiments expressed by the previous speakers.  He stated that officers should take the opportunity to recognise all types of sporting clubs throughout the past year for keeping the clubs going through these challenging times.  He commended the resilience of local clubs and local junior members who were attempting to keep juniors interested using various online platforms.  He asked if Council could use its media channels to show support to sports clubs throughout the city and district throughout this difficult year. 


In response, the Head of Community Development and Leisure stated that he was happy to pass on Councillor Mooney’s comments to Council’s marketing team.  In terms of Alderman Hussey’s comments, he was aware of the particular queries and noted that those clubs at championship level for football had not been designated elite status.  He also advised that the Irish Government had stated that Gaelic county games were no longer deemed elite sport in the South of Ireland.  However, that was not the case in Northern Ireland. 


Councillor McHugh stated that historically, angling clubs had not been considered as a recognised sporting club.  He believed that angling clubs should be considered as such because they provided angling activities and asked if this could be considered with the relevant governing bodies. 


The Committee


Recommended       That (i) a draft response is prepared incorporating Members’ Comments and (ii) that local sports clubs be recognised and commended through Council’s social media platforms.



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