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National Lottery investment in Northern Irish sport increases by 58 per cent

The national sports body has revealed plans to distribute a total of £8.1m through its Sports System Investment programme (Image: Sport NI)

Sport NI is investing more money into Northern Irish sports than ever before after announcing a 58% increase in funding.

The national sports body has revealed plans to distribute a total of £8.1m through its Sports System Investment programme.

The National Lottery-funded programme currently supports more than 400,000 people involved in sport across Northern Ireland. This encompasses 37 sports governing bodies, more than 3,000 clubs and around 400,000 members, as well as around 40,000 coaches and 5,000 officials.

Richard Archibald, Director of Sport at Sport NI, said: “Our Sports System Investment programme is built on our biggest ever conversation with sports to ensure we meet the needs of the sector.

“We held 35 sessions with 40 governing bodies of sport amounting to almost 500 hours of engagement which shaped our thinking and how we invest in sport.

“Through this new programme we want to support the sports sector to have strong resilient systems in place to be able to grow and thrive. We are working in ways that support trust, enable collaboration and foster shared commitment to growing sport and tackling inequality within the sector.”

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