Speaking after a meeting with the interim head of the civil service, Sinn Féin culture arts and sport spokesperson Sinéad Ennis MLA said:
“I called for this cross-party meeting with the interim head of the civil service to express concern over the cut to the Curriculum Sports Programme and in an effort to protect this invaluable programme.
“Closing the Curriculum Sports Programme will have a hugely detrimental impact on GAA and IFA coaching schemes and could affect up to 50 jobs, 400 schools and approximately 40,000 children.
“This programme teaches children the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle and also helps to increase their confidence and social and interaction skills.
“Education must focus on the child’s physical well being as well as their academic advancement.
“Sinn Féin’s position is clear, the cut to this frontline service must be reversed.”