Junior and Amateur Football: Capital Support

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

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:15 pm, 24th November 2015

T5. Mr Poots asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline her proposals for capital support for junior and amateur football. (AQT 3195/11-16)

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

The Member may be aware of the application process that Sport NI has started for capital funding from lottery funds. I will shortly announce a consultation process on subregional funding. Some of the bigger clubs that are in junior leagues and have junior clubs attached to them will be keen to participate in that. The IFA has also received money from DCAL not only to ensure the inclusion of junior football, for which it has also received money from Sport NI, but to ensure that young girls are included.

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

You have been saying that for some time, Minister, so we would like to see it move forward. Given that my constituency has a series of football clubs at junior level, will the Minister give an assurance that they will have the opportunity to apply for facilities such as changing rooms, stands, pitch improvements and so on?

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

I cannot give the Member that assurance because, as he will know — maybe he is not aware that it was agreed at the Executive — the second phase of soccer money at subregional level is for bigger soccer clubs. The Member should direct junior clubs to Sport NI, which is the perfect place for those clubs to apply for funding. If he feels that they are not getting enough information from Sport NI or the local council, I am happy to hear the details.

Photo of Robin Newton Robin Newton DUP

Mr Trevor Lunn is not in his place.