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Antoinette McKeown, CEO

Sport Northern Ireland is the leading public body for the development of sport in Northern Ireland.  We distribute funds on behalf of the Exchequer and The National Lottery.

Active Living – The Sport and Physical Activity Strategy for Northern Ireland, sets out a vision of: “Lifelong involvement in sport and physical activity will deliver an active, healthy, resilient and inclusive society which recognises and values both participation and excellence.”

Our mission: We are passionate about maximising the power of sport to change lives. By 2026, we want the power of sport to be recognised and valued by all.

The Power of Sport, our new five year plan, pursues two outcomes for Sport NI over the next five years:

Outcome One:

People adopting and sustaining participation in sport and physical activity

Outcome Two:

Our athletes among the best in the world

Sport NI’s Board, Executive Leadership Team, management and staff have invested time, energy and commitment into defining a culture that reflects our passion for sport.

We have established a values-driven approach to our leadership and work and we are committed to embedding a strong sporting culture of inclusion and integrity within the Sporting System so that organisations can thrive.

Our four values and corresponding behaviours are:

  • Excellence – relentless about being better
  • Integrity – do the right thing even if nobody is looking
  • Collaboration – strong teamwork and partnerships
  • Learning – grow yourself, the organisation and the sector

Sport NI is based at the House of Sport in Belfast and operates a National Outdoor Training Centre at the base of the Mourne Mountains – Tollymore National Outdoor Centre and the Sport NI Sports Institute (SNISI), the High Performance arm of Sport NI based at the Jordanstown campus of Ulster University. SNISI prepares Northern Ireland’s best athletes to perform on the world stage by providing an environment that nurtures elite athletes and coaches.