Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 08 October, 2008

Written Answers. - Sports Funding.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if a programme is in place to enable organisations which receive funding from his Department and the Irish Sports Council to share best practice initiatives which would be applicable across all sports, such as volunteer and coach education initiatives or the Football Association of Ireland’s inter-cultural strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33768/08]

  Deputy Martin Cullen: The Irish Sports Council (ISC), which is funded by my Department, has statutory responsibility for encouraging the promotion, development and co-ordination of competitive sport and for increasing participation in recreational sport.

I am informed by the Irish Sports Council that the ISC has already in place programmes which are rolled out across all National Governing Bodies of Sport for example Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport, Anti-Doping, Strategic Planning, Financial Guidelines. The Council is also in the process of developing a CD Rom/Web resource for Governing Bodies to share best practice in key areas such as governance, volunteers, membership development etc. Case studies of best practice by NGBs will feature in each area.