Sport NI: Application Feedback

Culture, Arts and Leisure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 24th November 2015.

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Photo of Bronwyn McGahan Bronwyn McGahan Sinn Féin 3:15 pm, 24th November 2015

T3. Ms McGahan asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail how a club that was unsuccessful in its application for funding from Sport NI can get feedback and whether there is an established process for such feedback. (AQT 3193/11-16)

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

I have received that request on many occasions recently, because some clubs that were not successful in some of the rounds of capital funding from Sport NI have asked that question. The short answer is yes, there are processes. Some clubs want very detailed feedback, and they are entitled to that. I suggest that if that is the case with the Member, or even if people just want some feedback to help with future applications, then, in the first instance, clubs should contact Sport NI. If they want it done person to person, they should state that. I know that some clubs are happy to have feedback over the phone and others demand a much more rigorous process; but there is a process in Sport NI nonetheless.

Photo of Bronwyn McGahan Bronwyn McGahan Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat. I thank the Minister for her response and look forward to any clarification she can bring to ensure that unsuccessful groups get feedback from Sport NI, as it is important that they can correct and amend their work in going forward.

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

I totally agree with the Member, particularly for some of the smaller clubs or those that do not have as much financial flexibility to buy in consultants. It is important for those clubs, many of which are managed on a voluntary basis, to get as much detailed feedback as possible, particularly when they are going forward, because I am sure that the needs and rationale for putting in the applications have not changed. So, it is important that they get as much feedback as possible.