McNulty: Department confirms Curriculum Sports Programme directly impacted by impasse
The SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh commented:
“Today I led a cross-party meeting with representatives from the Department of Education, Ulster GAA and the Irish Football Association in attendance. It was agreed by all in attendance that the Curriculum Sports Programme is of immeasurable value to our children and young people.
“The project seeks to develop skills, raise confidence and self-esteem and the motivation to help children and young people learn other curriculum areas cannot be overstated. The programme also goes some way in helping prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and mental-ill health.
“It was confirmed at the meeting today that the revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Levy could have been invested into a new cross-departmental policy to tackle issues of obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, without a Minister in place to hypothecate this action, this cannot happen and the Curriculum Sports Programme is not guaranteed to continue past October due to lack of allocated funding.
“This is another horrific example of the collateral damage of the on-going political deadlock.”