Sports Minister Previews North’s First Olympic-sized Swimming Pool

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has previewed the North’s first 50 metre pool which opens to the public on Saturday 23 March 2013. Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) provided £14.4million of financial support towards the development of the pool, which is part of the new Bangor Aurora leisure complex. It comprises of a…Continue reading this article →

Accelerating the Education and Development of the Coaching Workforce

It is widely acknowledged that Mentoring has the potential to be a very powerful strategy in supporting the development of coaches in sport; both in the immediate and longer term future. Effective mentoring programmes can improve an individual’s behaviour and practice and accelerate learning throughout a sport’s coaching system. In recent times, a number of…Continue reading this article →

Staff Fund Supports Endometriosis UK Awareness Week

£8.2 billion – that’s what Endometriosis costs the UK a year in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs. Some 1.5 million women and girls suffer from endometriosis in the UK – that’s the same as the number of women who suffer from diabetes but only 20% of the public have heard of endometriosis, compared…Continue reading this article →

Martyn Irvine Wins Gold and Silver at World Championships

Martyn Irvine has made Irish cycling history by winning gold and silver at the World Track Championships. The 27-year-old from Newtownards, County Down, becomes the first Irishman to win a medal at the championships for 117 years. Irvine won his silver medal in the individual pursuit which was won by reigning champion Michael Hepburn. Less…Continue reading this article →

Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 Scoops Award for Participation

Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 initiative received high praise from the Commissioner for Children and Young People at the Participation Awards. The awards, which took place at the Stormont Hotel, are presented to government departments and public bodies who demonstrate they have involved children and young people in planning services and in the decisions that affect…Continue reading this article →

Belfast to Host First Ever Half Marathon

Belfast is to host its first ever Half Marathon, on Sunday 22 September. The event is an extension of the hugely popular Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which enjoys its 32nd running this year on Monday 6 May. Danny O’Connor, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon organising committee, commented: “We’ve been considering holding…Continue reading this article →

Awards Night Fields Best Ever Year for Northern Ireland Sport

Reflecting a stunning and unforgettable year for local sport, superstar and world number one golfer Rory McIlroy was crowned ‘Sports Star of the Year’ at the 2012 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland backed Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on 14 January 2013. In a first for the awards and honouring…Continue reading this article →

Activ8 Eatwell – The Perfect Recipe for a Healthy 2013

The Minister for Sport, Carál Ní Chuilín, has launched Activ8 Eatwell for 2013. First rolled out to primary schools in 2009, Activ8 is a participation campaign which encourages children and young people to do 60 minutes of physical activity every day to keep healthy. Helping to bring Activ8 to life, Sport Northern Ireland developed several…Continue reading this article →

Register Your Interest – 4th Commonwealth Sports Development Conference

‘Empowering the Youth of the Commonwealth’ – 4th Commonwealth Sports Development Conference, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 August 2013 The 2013 Conference programme puts ‘Youth’ centre stage and will provide a vehicle for the development of a ‘Youth Sport Charter’ which will serve as a call to action for Commonwealth and sporting agencies, building on…Continue reading this article →

2012 Medallists Recognise Success of SINI’s PDC Network

Olympic Medallist Michael Conlan and Paralympic Medallist Bethany Firth have come together with representatives from Sports Institute Northern Ireland (SINI) and St Mary’s University College to mark the success of athletes from SINI’s Performer Development Centres (PDC) during the last number of years. The network of Performer Development centres was set up in 2009 to…Continue reading this article →