Judith Cochrane MLA said: “Sport can play such a vital role in helping enrich our communities. While everyone is aware of the big matches that happen at Ravenhill, Windsor Park or Casement Park, it is the grassroots work that can actually play the most important part in our society.
“Most of this work is dependent on volunteers so it is good to see funding for these projects to help further develop some of the initiatives that they are involved in. This funding is further recognition of the good work they are doing.
“Sport can be a great way to bring people together and this is evident at Ravenhill on Friday nights. As a keen supporter of the work that the IRFU and the Ulster Branch are doing, I would like to wish them continued success this season as well as in the work that they are doing in the community.”