Sports Leadership Group ‘On Track’

The Sports Leadership Group which will be charged with drawing up detailed implementation plans around the National Sports Policy is ‘on track’ to be named and appointed in the coming weeks, ahead of the deadline set down in the Policy of October 25th.

Minister of State Brendan Griffin replied to our question at yesterday’s briefing on the policy organised by the Federation of Irish Sport by revealing that “The group will be broad enough to represent the many different areas of sport but tight enough to get things done in the manner set out for it.”

“We want to leave each session with a clear set of actions to move things along.”

“There will likely be a mix of some high profile names and others who people may not immediately recognise but who together have the right set of skills we need to deliver.”

“Each name that comes up for consideration makes us think of three or four more and it will be a strong group when it convenes for the first time later this month.”

The Sports Leadership Group will be charged with delivering a full plan to implement the 57 points within the National Policy on Sport within nine months, in July of 2019.

A large element of the Policy is an aspiration to raise overall funding for sport from €111 million to €220 million within ten years though Minister of State Griffin would not be drawn on how quickly that would begin to flow.

The 2019 budget will be revealed next Tuesday, October 9th and Griffin was leaving yesterday’s meeting with sporting leaders at the National Sports Campus to head back into town for a briefing with Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe.

Before he left he was very open in answering questions on a variety of sporting issues from sailing, Special Olympics, swimming, Irish Wheelchair Sport, the FAI and more.

Mike Heskin, Head of Sport at NUI Galway and former CEO of Irish Hockey raised the willingness and suitability of third level institutions to share facilities with National Governing Bodies, a point which we will return to in greater detail in the coming weeks.

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