sported., the UK’s leading sport for development charity, and Sport NI,the leading public body for the development of sport in NI, today marked their commitment to work together to benefit local sport for development groups by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

Jo Stocks Director of sported. said “There are a number of areas where both sported. and Sport NI are working with a shared philosophy to support and develop initiatives delivering social change through sport.”

“Through a partnership approach sported. and Sport NI hope to highlight and support the work of both the sport for development sector and sport sector in local communities across Northern Ireland.”

Alan Moneypenny, Vice Chairman of Sport NI explained: “By signing this Memorandum of Understanding, sported. and Sport NI believe that local organisations will gain added value and access to expertise and initiatives that they may not have otherwise accessed. We believe that this partnership will deliver tangible benefits in and for communities across Northern Ireland.”

Sport NI’s purpose is to promote “a culture of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport which contributes to a healthy, fair and prosperous society”. This means Sport NI creates and develops programmes and partnerships that will address its three strategic objectives: increased participation in sport and physical recreation; improved sporting performances; and improved efficiency and effectiveness in the administration of sport.

sported. is a free membership organisation created to deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Games. sported. helps to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people by supporting community and voluntary groups delivering sport for development; helping them grow and run their organisations to the best of their ability.

To learn more about the work of sported. and the benefits of becoming a Member visit sported.org.uk. For further information on the work of Sport NI visit www.sportni.net