Sport NI condemns shooting incident at Omagh sports complex as ‘abhorrent’

Chief Executive Officer of Sport NI Antoinette McKeown said, “Violent and brutal acts such as these are to be condemned in any circumstances, however to target a sporting coach in front of young people is simply abhorrent. “Sport would not exist without volunteers, and we value the diversity and contribution of every person who gives…Continue reading this article →

SportMaker Harry Isaacs claims Sport NI Young Coach of the Year award

22-year-old Judo fanatic Harry Isaacs has been named the Sport NI SportMaker Young Coach of the Year. The Young Coach of the Year award recognises the creativity, innovation and determination of a coach under the age of 25 who is dedicated to supporting those they teach. Harry has been part of the club at Omagh…Continue reading this article →

The 2023/24 Athlete Awards Programme opens for applications

Sport Northern Ireland is now welcoming applications for the 2023/24 Athlete Awards Programme. The investment aims to contribute to the essential personal living costs of an athlete to help them train and maximise their potential. The Athlete Awards is in line with outcome two within Sport NI’s Corporate Plan which is to have ‘More NI…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI Athlete Award Programme Review 2017- 2023

The Athlete Award programme investment aims to help ‘Our (NI) athletes be among the best in the World’, by targeting athletes who have the potential to achieve success and excel in Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games. For the 2017-23 period our Athlete Awards supported 235 individual athletes and 4 team sports, with 54 athletes transitioning…Continue reading this article →

Sports System Investment – Governing Bodies

Sports System Investment – Governing Bodies Who is this investment for? Governing Bodies currently in receipt of Sport NI Funding Strand 1 of investing in the sports system is to confirm the future investment in the Governing Bodies who are already funded through Sport NI. Our engagement approach has been reflective of this. In this…Continue reading this article →

Athletics Record Holder Nick Griggs Praises SportMaker Award Winning Coach

Athletics ace Nick Griggs has credited his coach Mark Kirk for making his record-breaking mile happen. The talented teenager ran an astonishing 3.56.40 indoor mile in Dublin to smash the European Under-20 record back in March and put in another fantastic performance to win silver at the European Cross Country Championships earlier this month. The…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI congratulates sporting recipients of New Year Honours

Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of Sport NI congratulates New Year Honours recipients recognised for their contributions to sport. “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all those named on the New Years Honours list with a connection to sport. “2022 has been a thrilling year for Sport in Northern Ireland, from our trail-blazing…Continue reading this article →

Low & No Cost Sport

Sport and physical activity are powerful tools to support our emotional, mental, physical well-being, and education, and at Sport NI we believe that sport should be available to everyone. During the cost of living crisis, Sport NI has been engaging with sports and councils to highlight low and no cost sport opportunities available across Northern…Continue reading this article →

Antrim All Stars Boccia Coach Wins Sport NI Award

There were celebrations at the Antrim All Stars Boccia Club recently when Caroline Millar received the prestigious SportMaker Disability Coach of the Year award. The former Boccia player turned talented coach was surprised by a Sport NI film crew who captured the moment Caroline was told of her win during a training session with her…Continue reading this article →

Inspirational Sporting Hero Honoured by Surprise Sport NI Award

An exceptional coach, who has put his own health worries aside to help train dozens of runners, has been named Sport NI’s SportMaker Community Coach of the Year. Aidan O’Neill, a founder of Run Anon Club based in Crumlin, was surprised with the well-deserved accolade at a recent training session of his club. Aidan, 56,…Continue reading this article →