How do I get my child more active in sport?

As a parent (guardian) you only ever want the best for your child; you have every right to expect the same quality when it comes to your child’s experience of sport. The two biggest influences in that regard are:

  1. The sports club you choose
  2. The coaches working with your child(ren)

Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 campaign raises awareness among children and young people of the importance of taking part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and eating a healthy and balanced diet by promoting the eight Activ8 steps. Find out more about the range of Activ8 activities, including sports leadership training by visiting

Activ8 Wildcat Clubs are for children aged between 3 and 11, and will introduce your child to a range of sporting skills. Contact your Local Council Sports Development Officer for information on your nearest club. Your local councils will also provide a range of programmes and initiatives for children to participate in. Summer and school holiday sports camps can be a good way of introducing children to sport.

Many sports clubs have junior sections which will provide a safe and welcoming introduction to sport. A number of clubs have gained Clubmark NI accreditation- Northern Ireland’s quality standard for junior sports clubs. Accredited clubs are committed to providing a quality experience for young people – find an accredited club near you.