Originally Posted by reunion
I am against giving public money (and supports) to sports which don't have NGB status with Sport Ireland. - Cricket has this recognition (so should have the potential to receive support and money) but MMA doesn't (so shouldn't). Darts doesn't have recognition and doesn't receive money or support from Sport Ireland either.
You can argue what is and what is not a sport, but until a potential sport has applied to Sport Ireland for a NGB, it is de facto not a sport in this country. If Sport Ireland then reject the application on not meeting the criteria to be a sport, then you can start comparing/complaining that clay pigeon shooting is recognized but not chess.
Horse racing is not a sport in this country (no NGB) but does get a grant from the government each year.
I believe chess is worth devoting support and money to but only if we reach the same milestones as other sports in this country. Currently I don't believe chess is worth devoting Sport Ireland support and money to (as it doesn't have or has never applied to hold NGB status).
I presume you are against giving money to Sports Organizations that dont have NGB status with Sports Ireland.
The single biggest success story bar none in Ireland probably in the past 20 years is the Park Run.
To give it some context - there are now circa 20 Park Runs in the greater Dublin Area, and another 50 around the island of Ireland. Average participation is 100.
In addition there are now approx 20 Junior Park runs, again with close to 100 on average each week.
In total thats 7000 adults and 2000 kids participating in an organised sporting event every week; a resource that didnt exist ten years ago.
Whats particularly attractive about it is that it gets all ages out, not just people in their twenties. And it has nothing, afaik, to do with Athletics Ireland.
And it requires very little by way of financial resources. All you need is the park, and the volunteers.
Reason I mention it - would be nice to get more chess tables into public parks.