Welcome to the Sport NI Renewable Energy Fund, a £1million pound National Lottery investment for 2023/24 (Pilot Phase), which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of sports clubs throughout Northern Ireland.



The random selection of applicant clubs took place on Wednesday 1st November 2023, under the supervision of an independent observer.  In total 245 applications were received from affiliated sports clubs across Northern Ireland.

As per the selection process outlined in the Programme Information and Guidance Notes, four clubs from each Council area (44 in total) were randomly selected to participate in the pilot phase of the Renewable Energy Fund (2023/24).

The list of selected clubs is provided below.  All selected clubs are now subject to eligibility checks and an assessment of financial need.  Following checks and assessments, eligible clubs will be invited to progress in the order in which they were selected (i.e., clubs selected 1st in each Council area, followed by clubs selected 2nd in each Council area, and so on until the programme budget has been fully expended).

Sport NI makes no commitment at this stage to funding any of the selected clubs.


Fermanagh & Omagh
1. Aghadrumsee St Macartans GAC
2. Enniskillen Rugby Football Club
3. Tempo Maguire’s GFC

Belfast City
1. Donegal Celtic FC
2. Patrick Sarsfields GAC
3. Shandon Park Golf Club

Antrim & Newtownabbey
1. Old Bleach Bowling Club
2. Academy Sports Club
3. Kickhams Creggan GAC
4. Randalstown RFC

Mid Ulster
1. Killyman St Mary’s GFC
2. Moyola Park AFC
3. St Colm’s GAC – Ballinascreen
4. Kildress Wolfe Tones GAC

Causeway Coast & Glens
1. O’Briens Foreglen GAC
2. Cushendall Golf Club
3. St. Marys GAC, Rasharkin
4. St Canice’s Gaelic Athletic Club

Derry City & Strabane
1. Steelstown Brian Ogs GAC
2. Sean Dolans GAC
3. Urney St. Columba’s

Newry, Mourne & Down
1. Newry Shamrocks GAC
2. Spa Golf Club
3. Killeavy GAC

Ards & North Down
1. Strangford Lough Yacht Club
2. Bangor Lawn Tennis Club
3. Clandeboye Golf Club
4. Carnalea Golf Club

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon
1. St Mary’s Granemore GAA
2. Clonmore Robert Emmets CLG
3. Lurgan Town Football Club
4. Clann Na Banna CLG

Mid & East Antrim
1. St. Mary’s Ahoghill GA & CC
2. Greenisland Football Club
3. Barn United Youth FC
4. Carrickfergus Cricket Club

Lisburn & Castlereagh City
1. Lisburn Racquets Club
2. Lisburn BMX Club
3. Lisburn Rangers FC
4. Lisnagarvey Hockey Club


The Renewable Energy Fund has one overarching objective:

“To reduce the environmental impact of sports clubs in Northern Ireland.”

However, the programme also has secondary objectives, which reflect commitments made in Sport NI’s Corporate Plan – The Power of Sport (2021-2026), including:

  • To reduce the environmental footprint of sports clubs.
  • To reduce carbon emissions at sports clubs.
  • To contribute to a more sustainable sports club network.
  • To create a ‘greener’ sports club sector.
  • To save on utility bills and reduce costs, enabling sports clubs to redirect resources back into their clubs/sport.

Please email all Renewable Energy Fund queries to REF@sportni.net