Athletics NI Official Ahead of the Field with Win at Sport NI Awards

A young Athletics NI field official has been recognised for his contribution to sport at the 2018 Sport Northern Ireland SportMaker Awards. Kurtis Scott was named Young Technical Official of the Year. He started his officiating career back in 2011 after completing the UK Assistant Officials qualification. Through building his experience at competition, Kurtis subsequently…Continue reading this article →

Sport Northern Ireland and Department for Communities Announce Defibrillator Awareness Training

Sport Northern Ireland which has gave out 1,200 defibrillators to sports clubs and community groups at a cost £850,000 and the Department for Communities have marked Restart a Heart Day 2018 by revealing the latest line up of dates for their continued awareness training in using defibrillators. Defibrillators for Sport, which opened for applications in…Continue reading this article →

Jason Smyth aiming to take care of business on and off the track

Jason Smyth the fastest Paralympian ever is aiming for more success in the next two years. After winning two golds at the European Para Athletics Championships in Berlin during the summer the Eglinton sprinter who is an ambassador for Sport Northern Ireland’s ‘Sport into Business’ programme wants to add to his four gold World Championship…Continue reading this article →

Touchdown for Craigavon-based American Football Volunteer at Sport NI Awards

A young volunteer with the Craigavon Cowboys American football team has been honoured for his contribution to local sport at the 2018 Sport Northern Ireland SportMaker Awards. 24-year old Jordan Buchanan was named Young Volunteer of the Year. Jordan took on the role of Club President at Craigavon Cowboys at just 22 years of age…Continue reading this article →


The Girls Active Inspiration Day has returned for its third year in Northern Ireland to grow a budding network of girls who are inspired to become role models and leaders – encouraging their peers to become more physically active. Girls Active is an award-winning programme developed by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and delivered…Continue reading this article →

Introduction to Anti-Doping ‘Open’ Workshop

AN INVITATION:  Introduction to Anti-Doping ‘Open’ Workshop Always wanted to learn more about Clean Sport, but never had the chance?   In order to protect the Spirit of Sport and raise awareness of Anti-Doping issues, Sport NI is holding an Introduction to Anti-Doping Workshop for all athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel.Date: Wednesday 28 November…Continue reading this article →

Lisburn Badminton Coach Rallies to Sport NI Award Win

A Lisburn-based badminton coach working with emerging talent has been recognised at the 2018 Sport NI SportMaker Awards. Ulster Badminton’s Conor Hickland was named Performance Pathway Coach of the Year at the Awards for his work transitioning talented players in the sport’s U13 and U15 setup from club level into a performance environment. Over the…Continue reading this article →

Sailing Volunteer Cruises to Victory at Sport NI Awards

A volunteer with Ballyholme Yacht Club has been honoured for his contribution to local sailing at the 2018 Sport NI SportMaker Awards. Aidan Pounder, who also volunteers at Royal Ulster Yacht Club, was named Volunteer of the Year, having won a similar accolade at RYANI’s awards in 2017. Aidan currently has many volunteering roles –…Continue reading this article →

Golden Boy Rhys McClenaghan’s Coach named High Performance Coach of the Year at Sport NI Awards

Luke Carson, coach to history-making Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rhys McClenaghan, has been awarded the title of High Performance Coach of the Year by Sport Northern Ireland at its 2018 SportMaker Awards. Luke has overseen the meteoric rise of 19-year-old gymnast Rhys to the top of the sport, culminating in an incredible year of successes.…Continue reading this article →

Lisburn Coach Hand-Stands Apart with Sport NI Award Win

A Lisburn-based gymnastics coach has been named Young Coach of the Year at the 2018 Sport Northern Ireland SportMaker Awards. Emma Gorman, a women’s artistic gymnastics coach at City of Lisburn Salto Gymnastics Club, was recognised for her achievement in developing the club’s young gymnasts, as well as her personal commitment to her own coach…Continue reading this article →