Sport NI offers condolences on the passing of Billy Bingham

Sport NI Chief Executive, Antoinette McKeown said: “Billy Bingham will be remembered as one of NI’s true sporting heroes and an inspiration to us all. “Northern Ireland has been to three World Cups, and Billy Bingham played an integral role on each occasion, as a player in 1958, and then as manager leading his team…Continue reading this article →

Paralympian reveals her first ‘SportMaker’ as Hunt for Unsung Sporting Heroes Begins

Swimming star Bethany Firth has revealed how her sporting success may not have happened if it hadn’t been for the encouragement of her PE teacher. The nine-times Paralympian medal winner credits her Longstone Special School teacher Jerome Starrs for helping her overcome her fear of water and setting her on the road to gold medal…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI Launches New Campaign to Save Lives in the Water

A new campaign called Get Wet, Stay Safe has been launched by Sport NI ahead of the expected influx of people taking to watersports during the summer. The campaign is part of a joint initiative with Swim Ireland, Swim Ulster, the RNLI and the Outdoor Partnership, with marketing support from Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland. The…Continue reading this article →

People with Disabilities Now Enjoy Beach Thanks to Charity’s Crowdfunder Campaign

It was a special moment for many of the families gathered at the beautiful Portstewart Strand on Thursday, (May 26, 2002) as they enjoyed the sandy beach and sea for the first time together, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Mae Murray Foundation. The charity, that helps people of all ages and abilities enjoy…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI backs local gymnasts to compete at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Sport NI has given its full backing for local gymnasts Eamon Montgomery, Ewan McAteer and Rhys McClenaghan and the Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland, in their efforts to allow the athletes to represent Northern Ireland at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown said, “Northern Ireland is a place of complex identities, and the…Continue reading this article →

Sport Key to Mother’s Fightback from Near Death Illness

A mother who was just hours from death says her love of sport was vital to her remarkable physical and mental recovery. Joanne McCauley was told by doctors that if she hadn’t turned up at hospital when she did the large abscess, she didn’t know she had, would have burst, poisoning her, and endangering her…Continue reading this article →

Congratulations to Homegrown Belfast Marathon Winner Paul Pollock

Belfast Marathon winner Paul Pollock has another great story to tell his growing family after his win on home turf on Sunday (May 1) nearly didn’t happen. The two-time Olympian was going to pull out of the race after his heavily pregnant partner Sophie thought baby number two was going to make an appearance on…Continue reading this article →

Power of Sport – Sport NI’s New Five-Year Plan

The Power of Sport-Sport NI’s new five-year plan aims to address inequalities within the sports sector and maximise the power of sport to change lives for everyone in society. Developed after extensive engagement with stakeholders in sport, health and wider communities, the Power of Sport focuses on two strategic outcomes: People adopting and sustaining participation…Continue reading this article →

Putting sun protection on the radar

Most of us could improve our sun protection habits, and now there’s no excuse, as awareness around this important health and safety routine is about to get ‘super-charged’, thanks to Sunguarding Sport, a NEW campaign by the Melanoma Fund, supported by Sport NI Rationale Sportspeople receive substantially higher UV exposure, and routinely exceed the recommended exposure limits,…Continue reading this article →

Sporting Organisations Told ‘Just Do It’ to Benefit From Crowdfunding

A sporting club that raised over £11,000 thanks to a Sport NI Crowdfunder project has encouraged other organisations to “just do it!” Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC received the much-needed funding boost by taking part in Project Re-Boot: Activate, that helps sporting organisations engage and re-engage people in sport after the devastating impact of COVID. The club’s…Continue reading this article →