Mr Givan said: “This funding will bring much needed improvements to boxing clubs in areas where sport can play a significant role within the local communities.

“Without improvements to these facilities, there could be a negative impact on both health and well-being for the young people who attend the clubs, and put their communities at a disadvantage.”

He added: “One of my Department’s priorities is to increase participation in sport and this funding has the potential to do this, along with bringing many other benefits to the communities in the areas served by these four boxing clubs.

“Sport NI has already commenced engagement with the clubs to progress these improvements.”

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