Sport NI Chief Executive reflects on Shiels’ comments and the implications for women’s sport

Eleven footballers, who had just turned professional three months before, gave their all as they lined up against the might of the best resources that the Women’s English Premier League could muster on Tuesday. Disappointingly, none of this was a topic of conversation after such a historic night of sport in front of a sell-out…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI Chief Welcomes NI Women’s Team Manager’s Apology

Sport NI has welcomed Kenny Shiels’ apology following his controversial comments after the Northern Ireland against England Women’s World Cup qualifier game. The Northern Ireland Women’s manager blamed women for being “more emotional than men” when discussing his side’s defeat in a post-match interview.  Antoinette McKeown, Sport NI Chief Executive, said: “Tuesday night’s sell-out crowd…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI Chief Welcomes NI Women’s Team Manager’s Apology

Sport NI has welcomed Kenny Shiels’ apology following his controversial comments after the Northern Ireland against England Women’s World Cup qualifier game. The Northern Ireland Women’s manager blamed women for being “more emotional than men” when discussing his side’s defeat in a post-match interview.  Antoinette McKeown, Sport NI Chief Executive, said: “Tuesday night’s sell-out crowd…Continue reading this article →

Ireland leads the way with world’s first accredited Blueways

The first three Blueways in the world to achieve accreditation officially opened this week at the Boyne Blueway, Suir Blueway Tipperary and Lough Derg Blueway. Blueways are a brand-new outdoor recreation offering currently unique to Ireland. They encourage the use of lakes, canals, rivers and coastal environments for walking, cycling, swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI sets out plan to ‘level the playing field’

Equality and inclusion at heart of new five-year plan to maximise the power of sport 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. While participation in sport and physical activity has increased in…Continue reading this article →

The Power of Sport – Our 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 →

Callaghan Champions Mothers in Sport Ahead of Mothering Sunday

When Marissa Callaghan ties her football boots on Mother’s Day she’ll be lasered focused on the training session at hand. As many other mothers enjoy breakfast in bed this mum will be keeping the celebrations to later as she continues to prepare for the biggest sporting challenge of her career to-date. Such dedication is a…Continue reading this article →

CEO Blog – Levelling the Playing Field

From the often unsung women volunteers, who are the powerhouses of so many of our grassroots clubs, to the world class athletes such as Ciara Mageean and NI women’s football team making history – we’ve had a lot to celebrate this Women in Sport Week. But as the week draws to a close it’s an…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI welcomes research into long-term plan for the Mournes

Finance Minister Conor Murphy visited Tollymore National Outdoor Centre this morning to announce a new research project to develop a long-term plan for the Mournes. George Lucas, Chair of Sport Northern Ireland said, “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to Tollymore National Outdoor Centre and show him our excellent facilities as he announced this…Continue reading this article →

Women In Sport Panel Launched on International Women’s Day

Sporting women at the top of their game are taking part in a new initiative to ensure female voices are heard to bring about positive change in sport. The Women In Sport Panel, launched today [Tuesday, March 8], has been established by Sport NI to champion women in sport. The panel, which includes Paralympic gold…Continue reading this article →