What is the Governing Body Support Programme?

This Governing Body Support Programme has been developed as part of Sport Northern Ireland’s (Sport NI) response to the Covid-19 pandemic through its ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better’ initiative, funded by the National Lottery.

The Programme will provide an investment opportunity for Recognised Governing Bodies to enable them to engage with and support their Clubs and their Workforce, with a particular focus on coaches, officials and volunteers, using tactics and interventions to either sustain club membership at existing levels or to grow them by 31st March 2022. The programme has also been designed to help governing bodies prepare for future investment opportunities.


Further Information

To find out more, please read the Information and Guidance notes carefully. To access the Information and Guidance Notes, please click below:

Guidance Notes – Governing Body Support Programme

Some key points from the Information & Guidance notes have been summarised below:


Who can apply?

To make a submission to the Governing Body Support Programme, your organisation must be able to demonstrate it meets both of the following requirements:

  • Your organisation is a Sport NI recognised governing body of sport. (for more information please click here)
  • Your organisation did not receive Sporting Clubs Programme investment for the period 2017-21 


How much investment is available?

The programme will offer investment from £5,000 – £30,000 to Recognised Governing Bodies to engage with and support their club environment in Northern Ireland. Investment will be commensurate with the club membership of the sport and will be subject to assessment.


What do we mean by club membership?

The context of this investment will see a contribution to Sport Northern Ireland’s draft Corporate Plan (2020-2025) Outcome 1: People in Northern Ireland are adopting and sustaining participation in sport and physical recreation. Therefore, it is important to only include those club members that are active participants within your sport.

There will be an opportunity to tell about us about those club members that are not active participants but are contributing to your sport as a coach, official and/or volunteer at the Proposal Development phase of the programme.


What do you need to do now? 

Registering your interest in making a submission

If, following a review of the information provided, you are interested in making a submission, please complete the Expression of Interest and submit to sportingclubs@sportni.net by 4pm on Monday 1st February 2021. To access the Expression of Interest form, please click below:

GB Support Programme 2021-22 Expression of Interest TEMPLATE


Please note - If you do not submit an Expression of Interest, it will not be possible for you to progress to the Proposal Development phase of the programme.


What happens next?

Once the Expression of Interest period has closed, Sport NI will send the relevant templates to your specified lead contact and further information will be released on this page at that stage.

If you need help or if you have any questions in the meantime, please email sportingclubs@sportni.net