Active Clubs is a four-year lottery funded programme aimed at increasing the number of people in Northern Ireland in membership of at least one sports club.

Sport Northern Ireland has invested £4 million into the programme. 19 Active Club Co-ordinators have been employed through 13 Governing Bodies of sports and umbrella organisations with a remit of increasing club membership especially targeting underrepresented groups and to create Training, Education and Learning opportunities within identified sports clubs.

The programme objectives include increased sports club membership amongst

  • Women and girls
  • 15-25 year olds
  • Those living in areas of greatest social need (specifically people living within the top 25% of wards designated by NI Multiple Deprivation Measure Index 2010)

Each of the 13 Governing Bodies and Umbrella organisations (see list below) will be working closely with clubs, schools, and community organisations to provide opportunities to get involved in a wide range of sports and activities with the aim of sustained participation through club membership.

If you would like further information or wish to contact any of the Sports on the active clubs programme, contact

  1. British Gymnastics
  2. British Orienteering
  3. Cricket Ireland
  4. Irish Athletic Boxing Association
  5. Netball NI
  6. Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland
  7. Table Tennis Ulster
  8. UK Dodgeball Association
  9. Ulster Angling Federation
  10. Ulster Council of GAA
  11. Ulster Hockey Union
  12. Disability Sport Northern Ireland
  13. Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland