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Northern Ireland written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been provided to assist the promotion of (a) hockey, (b) rugby, (c) soccer, (d) gaelic football, (e) hurling and (f) other Gaelic Athletic Association sports in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

The Sports Council for Northern Ireland (SCNI) is responsible for the development of Sport in NI including the distribution of public funding to individual sports.

The following tables provides details of funding from SCNI for the five year period 1998–2003 for the four sports of Soccer, Gaelic Games (including Gaelic Football, Hurling and other Gaelic Athletic Association games), Rugby and Hockey.

Exchequer Funding -- £
1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 Total
Soccer 50,000 50,000 50,000 59,000 52,500 261,500
(11)100,000 (11)500,000 600,000
Gaelic Games 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 45,000 165,000
Rugby 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 24,000 88,000
Hockey 65,167 66,443 27,464 61,225 54,902 275,201
Totals 161,167 162,443 123,464 266,225 676,402 1,389,701

(11) These figures indicate the funds allocated to Soccer from the Football Development Centre Programme for 2001–02 and 2002–03

Lottery Funding -- £
1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 Total
Soccer 677,073 816,616 942,492 642,710 609,131 3,688,022
Gaelic Games 2,703,811 1,303,185 1,694,182 1,025,420 689,962 7,416,560
Rugby 155,526 100,784 312,053 144,000 76,860 789,223
Hockey 322,588 14,000 47,625 199,850 68,800 652,863
Totals 3,858,998 2,234585 2,996,352 2,011,980 1,444,753 12,546,668

Safe Sports Grounds

The money provided by the Safe Sports Ground Programme was made available from financial year 2000–01 for the three sports of Soccer, Gaelic Games and Rugby. The following table shows the funding that was allocated for these sports for the 3-year period 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2003.

£
1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 Total
Soccer 1,206,809 784,003 415,188 2,406,000
Gaelic Games 622,085 350,833 507,082 1,480,000
Rugby 136,843 140,612 68,536 345,991
Total 1,965,737 1,275,448 990,806 4,231,991

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