Coronavirus Northern Ireland: McNulty welcomes announcement of security for sports sector

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

SDLP Public Health spokesperson, Justin McNulty MLA has welcomed assurances from Minister Hargey that the sports sector would be protected through this unprecedented time.

Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “I welcome the announcement today from the Sports Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA that the sports sector will receive practical support.



“The Minister shares my view that it is crucial the sector is given financial and operational assurances.

“After this pandemic is over, it will be even more important for people to be able to get outdoors, to play and observe sport so we cannot allow this to decimate the sector.”

He continued, “Whilst there has been a total shutdown of all sporting activities due to Covid-19 it’s been incredibly encouraging to see so many clubs and national bodies playing their part by volunteering in their communities and through communicating important and positive messages.



“There is recognition, like in every other element of society, sporting clubs and NGBs will take a massive revenue hit through loss of gate receipts, sponsorship, advertising and other fundraising streams.

“Financial support will be welcome and needed at the other side of this pandemic to accelerate a return to normal service for all sports.

“Participation in sport, from amateur club leagues to elite level Gaelic games and professional sports will play an enormously important role in re-energizing people and communities from a physical, emotional and mental well-being perspective.



The Newry MLA added, “Spectators and supporters who are sport starved will also be keenly waiting for the first opportunity to cheer on their teams again.”


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