On Wednesday, 12th of December 2018, Minister of State David Stanton T.D., attended the Diversity Games in Athlone. The initiative was run by Athlone Institute of Technology and Offaly Sports Partnership, who received funding under the Communities Integration Fund 2018. Speaking about the Diversity Games, Minister of State Stanton said:
The inter-schools event was designed to increase the participation and visibility of migrant communities in the sport of athletics. The post primary diversity games built on the success of the inaugural Indoor Diversity Games which were also supported by the Communities Integration Fund. The Games are intended to create awareness of third level educational opportunities for migrants at AIT. Held in the institute’s state-of-the-art International Indoor Arena, the games saw representation from across the Midlands.
The Government’s Migrant Integration Strategy highlights the important role that sport has to play in aiding successful integration. Action 73 of the Strategy states: