Some good news recently with the announcement by the First Minister, deputy First Minister and the Ministers for Sport, Education, Health and Social Development of cross-departmental funding for Special Olympics Ulster, which will be delivered by Sport Northern Ireland over the next four years.
Welcoming the announcement the First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson, MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA said: “Following the approval of a business case, our five departments have come together to agree funding for Special Olympics Ulster for the four-year period 2011-2015, to allow it to take forward and expand its programme of activities. The funding being made available totals £2.296million and will be provided equally by each of our five departments.
“This significant funding recognises the valuable contribution of Special Olympics in creating awareness and understanding of people with an intellectual disability, and in promoting opportunities and inclusiveness for all members of the community, by encouraging participation, volunteering, active citizenship and healthy lifestyles.
“We are confident that the money being provided by our departments will play a crucial role in meeting the disparate needs of a group of people, who through sport can achieve higher levels of social inclusion within our community.”