The Department for Communities, Belfast City Council, the Ulster Council Gaelic Athletic Association and the Irish Football Association have recognised the opportunities for positive social impact presented by the Regional Stadia Programme.

As part of the Belfast Community Sports Initiative, the four organisations are collaborating to participate in the Stadium Community Benefits Initiative (SCBI), which focuses on maximising the potential of the new National Football Stadium at Windsor Park and the proposed Casement Park Stadium to deliver social benefits.

The overarching objective of the Initiative is to improve the quality of life now and for future generations, especially those who are socially marginalised and excluded across the city. Themes which will guide the implementation of the Initiative’s Action Plan include:

  • encourage wellbeing and healthy lifestyle choices
  • improve community engagement through schools, clubs and youth organisations
  • support new and existing football clubs to uplift their quality and capability

The structure of the Initiative has been developed by the Department for Communities, Belfast City Council, Ulster Council Gaelic Athletic Association and the Irish Football Association, and will be delivered jointly by the four organisations. The Initiative has an annual resource of £150,000, and a ten year duration within which sports and community development programmes will be delivered. 

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