Community Planning Partnerships secure support from Carnegie Trust UK

Community Planning Partnerships from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council, and Lisburn and Castlereagh City have been successful in securing significant financial and in-kind support to implement their Community Plans and further embed the wellbeing agenda for the benefit of people living and working in their local council areas and…Continue reading this article →

Celebrating the Local Sporting Workforce – Sport NI Launches 2018 SportMaker Awards

Sport Northern Ireland is giving the sporting community an opportunity to say “thank you” to local coaches, officials and volunteers as it opens nominations for the 2018 SportMaker Awards. The Awards acknowledge the work of Northern Ireland’s sporting workforce and highlight the outstanding people and projects that have made a big impact over the last…Continue reading this article →

#CoachingWeek Q&A with Badminton Coach Ciaran Chambers

To mark UK Coaching Week 2018, we spoke to International Badminton player Ciaran Chambers, who recently competed as an athlete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (he previously represented Northern Ireland at the 2014 Games). He told us about his perspective on what it means to be a coach, how he progressed from playing to coaching,…Continue reading this article →

Blog – Sport NI Chief Executive Welcomes UK Coaching Week

By Antoinette McKeown (Chief Executive, Sport Northern Ireland) It’s such a pleasure to be marking the inaugural UK Coaching Week. I would say that if most athletes and others involved in sport were to look back on what has influenced their lives, there would be a particular coach or coaches that stand out – men…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI Chair Joins Irish President at Celebrations to Mark Milestone at Drumragh Sarsfields GAC

Sport NI Chair George Lucas was among attendees at a recent celebration at Drumragh Sarsfields GAC to mark the official opening of new state-of-the-art facilities at the Tyrone club. The major project has seen the club install a new training pitch, sports hall and indoor/outdoor gym, and has been a decade in development. Sport Northern…Continue reading this article →

Changing times at Patrick Sarsfields GAC

Sport Northern Ireland has joined officials from Patrick Sarsfields GAC in West Belfast at an event marking the official opening of newly enhanced facilities at the club. Part of a range of improvements works undertaken by the club in recent years, the event saw the cub official opening of state-of-the-art changing facilities, funded through Sport NI’s National…Continue reading this article →

Blog – Head of Performance Skills Des Jennings on Challenges of Promoting Mental Health in Elite Sport

By Des Jennings (Head of Performance Skills, Sport Northern Ireland) It’s good to talk- and that’s why the role of a Performance Skills Coach is crucial in assisting athletes, coaches and practitioners maximise their sporting performances whilst also ensuring they manage their life stressors in the best way possible. As someone who has dedicated my…Continue reading this article →

Scaling To New Heights

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre (TNOC) has launched a newly enhanced climbing facility at Altnadue Quarry. The quarry has been leased to the Centre for over 30 years from a local landowner and has been reopened following completion of works, funded by the Department for Communities, to improve accessibility and safety. Major changes and developments made…Continue reading this article →

Twelve Medals at Gold Coast for Team NI

Team Northern Ireland won a total of 12 medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Games! Northern Ireland athletes gained the best number of medals in a Commonwealth Games outside the UK with winning performances from over 50 athletes out of 90 who were Top eights. The medal tally for Team NI was equal to what…Continue reading this article →

Rhys wins first Gold medal for NI at Commonwealth Games

Winning Gold Newtownards gymnast Rhys McClenaghan wins Northern Ireland’s first Gold medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games!  The 18 year-old held strong on the Pommel Horse in a tough competition against England’s double Olympic champion, Max Whitlock, who was the favourite to win in the Gold Coast Games, Australia. Tough Competition Rhys, who competes…Continue reading this article →