Communities Minister meets with other UK Sports Ministers at the World Athletics Championships in Glasgow

Date published: 01 March 2024

Communities Minister Gordon Lyons met with Sports Ministers from other home nations in Glasgow today to discuss strategic priorities for sport across the UK.

Photograph of Minister Lyons with UK Sports Ministers

Following the meeting, Minister Lyons said:

“It was great to meet my counterparts from other parts of the UK and to share our vision for sport into the future.  As the Minister responsible for all sport in Northern Ireland, I am keen to increase any opportunities for more people to get active and participate in a range of sports.  I am particularly interested in widening the participation prospects for women and girls, and for those with disabilities, in sport across all levels.”

The Inter-Ministerial Group on Sport is attended by Sports Council Chairs along with other senior officials and provides a chance to take forward areas of mutual interest.  The Group were also able to take in some of the World Athletics Championships currently taking place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow – an opportunity to watch dedicated athletes performing at the pinnacle of their sport. 

Minister Lyons added:

“Of particular interest was a discussion around funding for grassroots sports and I look forward to continuing the conversation with the UK Sports Minister Stuart Andrew MP as he visits Northern Ireland next week.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Photo caption:  Communities Minister Gordon Lyons met with UK Sports Ministers, Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Welsh Government, Maree Todd, Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, Scottish Government and Stuart Andrew MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for discussions on strategic priorities for sport across the UK.
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