Official partnership between Sanctuary Runners and Athletics Ireland announced

Graham Clifford (founder and Head of International Development, Sanctuary Runners – 3rd from left), at the announcement with l-r: Norman Malaza (Dublin Sanctuary Runners), Rachel Ormrod (Head of Participation, Athletics Ireland), Hamish Adams, CEO, Athletics Ireland, Philile Simelane (Dublin Sanctuary Runners) and Ailís McSweeney (Ireland lead, Sanctuary Runners).

Athletics Ireland and Sanctuary Runners have announced the formalisation of their official partnership which aims to bring local residents and people from a migrant background together to build friendships and better understanding, through the action of running, jogging or walking.

With a shared ambition to promote running and walking as an effective means of community integration, and to provide people living in direct provision or from migrant communities with greater opportunities to participate and volunteer in the sport of athletics, Athletics Ireland and Sanctuary Runners have enjoyed a long association. Last Thursday’s announcement will further seek to provide persons in direct provision and from a migrant background with opportunities to participate in athletics.

Both organisations will collaborate in a number of areas, supported by Sport Ireland through Healthy Ireland funding, including the support for employment of the Sanctuary Runners Development and Partnership Officer (DO).

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