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Gareth Sharvin moves from behind the camera to win Volunteer of the Year award

Gareth Sharvin never pictured it, but the Saul GAC Public Relations Officer (PRO) has claimed the Sport NI SportMaker Volunteer of the Year award! The award is for a volunteer in a non-coaching or technical official role, who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of sport. Gareth fits the description perfectly. The County…Continue reading this article →

From Pupil to Teacher – Rachel McClean wins Sport NI Volunteer Award

Providing a safe space for young people to play sport in her local community has led Rachel McClean to winning the Sport NI SportMaker Young Volunteer of the Year award. The award recognises the important work carried out by a volunteer, under the age of 25 years old, who has made an outstanding contribution to…Continue reading this article →

The Your School Your Club Joint Working Group wish to invite expressions of interest from schools for the next phase of capital development projects in 2022/23.

The expression of interest for the Your School Your Club is currently closed.  

COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations

* Please note that this programme has now closed *   The Executive and the Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA, have provided COVID recovery funding for sports organisations and a range of other not-for-profit organisations. Sport Northern Ireland will deliver the ‘COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations’ with the aim to reduce or remove…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI welcomes the pending announcement, from the Executive Office tonight, on the first cautious steps towards a return to outdoor sport, which may progress to groups training outdoors on 12 April. The pending announcement also includes a return to specified elite competition.


Following the Executive Office announcement Sport NI and Department for Communities aims to provide further guidance and meetings with the sector to ensure common understanding of the changes. It is important that governing bodies of sport review their protocols carefully, in compliance with this guidance that will be made available shortly………….


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#COVIDSafeSportPack Launch

COVID Safe Sport Pack Thursday 17th December 2020 Sport NI, in partnership with the Department for Communities, will today reopen the COVID Safe Sport Pack Programme for expressions of interest from eligible organisations who have not previously applied to receive a pack. The programme aims to assist Sports organisations with their management of the ease of lockdown and a safe…Continue reading this article →

*Appointment Of New Sport NI Executive Leadership Team

Sport NI has been on a journey of transformation during the past few years and we remain indebted to the sports sector and partners for their continued engagement with us on our culture and strategy journey so far. We are now appointing four exciting new Executive Leadership posts to a new Executive Leadership Team. This…Continue reading this article →

Sports Hardship Fund

Sports Hardship Fund Sport NI in partnership with the Department for Communities are delighted to announce the re-opening of the Sports Hardship Fund; to further help sports clubs and other organisations delivering sporting activities, who are still experiencing financial hardship. Initially opened on 14 April the Sports Hardship Fund has so far provided support totalling…Continue reading this article →

Important Considerations For Those Considering Staging Sporting Events

Guidance from the‘Return to Sporting Activity in Post Covid-19 Recovery Phase Expert Group’   1. Context The sporting community has generally welcomed a degree of sports competition following lifting of specific restrictions related to Covid-19. To date the response to the Covid-19 situation from many parts of the sporting community has been positive and it…Continue reading this article →


Sport Northern Ireland are delighted to announce the Department for Communities has reappointed five members to the Board of Sport NI. Mr Richard Bullick has been reappointed from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2024. He has served on the Board of Sport NI since 1 April 2014. Ms Wilma Erskine OBE, Mr Kyle Ferguson,…Continue reading this article →