As the lead agency for the development of sport in Northern Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland is dedicated to developing people in sport, especially young people, and providing facilities for people of every age group and ability to be able to participate, enjoy and perform sport and physical activity.
Three units operate within Sport Northern Ireland:
Participation and Facilities
There are many benefits to be accrued from participating in sport and physical recreation, particularly health. Sport contributes to tackling such health issues as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mental health issues; it also enables both physical and psychological development while providing a vehicle for enjoyment and fun, but also ensuring people have access to locally available sporting facilities.
Sport Northern Ireland’s Participation and Facilities Unit support sporting opportunities to increase participation levels in sport and physical recreation among people – of all ages and abilities, and to promote lifelong physical activity. This relies on a range of developments and interventions; places for sport, coaches, governing bodies, volunteers, events, quality programmes based on best practice, and marketing and promotion. Sport Northern Ireland is working on many fronts to deliver improvements across all these areas in Northern Ireland.
Sport Northern Ireland is committed to developing a world-class sporting system in Northern Ireland, enabling athletes and teams to maximise their sporting potential and reach their optimum level of performance.
Sport Northern Ireland’s Performance Sport Unit works to bring about an environment that will enable athletes to improve athletic performance.
Sport Management Services (formerly Corporate Services)
Sport Management Services are seen to be the ‘backbone’ of Sport Northern Ireland – ensuring efficient and effective administration in sport.
The Sport Management Services Unit provides a good working environment for the whole organisation through effective delivery of: Financial Management; Human Resources; Information Technology; Internal Audit Procedures; Investment Assurance; Marketing; and Policy Planning and Research.