Funding Opportunities with the Rural Challenge Programme

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill is calling on community and voluntary groups in rural areas to take advantage of the funding opportunities available through the Rural Challenge Programme 2012. The Rural Challenge Programme assists community and voluntary groups in the development of projects to address poverty and isolation in rural areas and provides…Continue reading this article →

Medal Success on the World Stage

Sport Matters: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2009-19 aspires to have 100 athletes from Northern Ireland attaining medal success at the highest level in their sport. This particular target has been set to challenge athletes, coaches, governing bodies of sport and others within the athlete development system to ‘step up’ and…Continue reading this article →

Minister Calls on Sport to Promote Mental Well-Being and Prevent Suicide

On World Mental Health Day, the Sports Minister has called on sports organisations to play their part in promoting positive mental health and to help combat suicide. Carál Ní Chuilín was speaking following a meeting with Sport Northern Ireland and many of the leading sports organisations. Most of the discussion focused on the development of…Continue reading this article →

Discussion about BBC Online

Do you use the BBC’s Online service - bbc.co.uk? The Audience Council invites your views on bbc.co.uk at an informal discussion event being held at the BBC on Monday 15 October from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at Blackstaff House, Belfast. A light supper will be served. The Council would like to know what you value most about…Continue reading this article →

Ireland Squad Announced Ahead of England Game

The Ireland rugby league team has announced the squad for its upcoming two test series which culminates in a mouth-watering clash with the England Knights in Belfast this month. Coach Mark Aston’s squad sees a healthy mix of players from Ireland’s domestic rugby league competition as well as a number of players from England’s Super…Continue reading this article →

Organ Donation Through Sport Campaign Launched

The Organ Donor Register was given a boost as Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin, Sport Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency (PHA) joined together at Casement Park to officially launch the Organ Donation through Sport campaign. The event proved to be a success, with more people signing the register and the message of the…Continue reading this article →

London Olympic Stadium Track Replicated at Mary Peters Track

With the Olympic Games and Paralympics now consigned to the history books filed under `unforgettable` – the next major world athletics event on our doorstep will be the 2013 World Police and Fire Games in Belfast. And work on the £3m upgrade of the Mary Peters Track, including the Mondo running surface that was used…Continue reading this article →

Putting Best Foot Forward for ‘Olympic’ Marathon Effort

Entries are already coming in for the 32nd Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which gets under starters’ orders next May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May 2013. “It is hugely encouraging that we already have several hundred people to take this coming year,” said Danny O’Connor, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Organising…Continue reading this article →

Sports Minister Hails Olympic and Paralympic Superstars

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has officially welcomed home local Olympic and Paralympic athletes, ahead of a reception at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. The Minister said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games is one of the competitions that the Executive, through the Sport Matters strategy, targeted for medal success. Olympic and Paralympic athletes from this part of…Continue reading this article →

International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 14-16 September

This annual Belfast City Council Evian International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, now in its fifteenth year of existence, has become one of the most popular competitions on the wheelchair tennis circuit. The event hosted by the local ‘Spokes In Motion’ Wheelchair Tennis Club in association with Belfast City Council and Tennis Ireland, again held at The…Continue reading this article →