Sport Northern Ireland’s Sport in Our Community Programme
In response to identified and ongoing need, Sport Northern Ireland developed the Sport in Our Community investment programme to deliver a range of sports and physical activities. £3.6 million was invested in 34 projects from the voluntary, community and statutory sector to deliver innovative and creative projects over a four year period (2006-2010).
Successful applicants to the programme demonstrated that their project met at least one of the following three cross-cutting themes:
- Development and improvement of physical literacy;
- Development of opportunities for people with disabilities; and/or
- Creation of sport or physical activity in areas of high social need for those who have not previously had a sustained interest in sport or physical activity.
A total of 121,171 participants were reported as having participated in the programme, of these:
- 53,289 (44%) programme participants were women or girls;
- 89,251 (74%) programme participants were children or young people aged under 16 years of age;
- 6,725 (6%) programme participants had a disability;
- 6,758 (6%) programme participants were older people; and
- 2,545 (2%) programme participants were members of minority ethnic communities.
A significant increase was reported in the number of projects delivering health referral programmes using sport and physical recreation as a primary health tool.
A final evaluation of the Sport in Our Community Programme, ‘Get Active: Stay Active’, which includes a number of case studies and personal stories, demonstrates the positive impact of the programme on the host communities and individual participants.
A copy of the full report and a series of related factsheets are available to view.
Get Active – Stay Active
Get Active - Stay Active - Women and Girls
Get Active - Stay Active - Children and Young People
Get Active - Stay Active - Older People
Get Active - Stay Active - Disability Sport
For more information on the Sport in Our Community Programme, please contact Angharad Bunt on 028 9038 1222.