What is Mediation?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution resolving disputes between two or more parties. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. The term “mediation” broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential and participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process. Mediation is becoming a more peaceful and internationally accepted solution in order to end conflict and can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude.


When might Mediation be helpful?

Where the relationship between a governing body (or branch) and some of its members breaks down it can be distressing all parties involved and distracting from the reason any of the parties got involved in the organisation in the first place – sport. It is vital, for the good of the sport, that matters are dealt with as quickly as possible and in a fair, open and transparent way – and with a process and outcome that can be agreed by all parties involved.


How does Mediation work?

Independent mediation can be an effective method for ensuring that issues are dealt with and resolved efficiently and effectively. The mediator uses learned techniques to assist the parties to settle their dispute. The mediator will generally ask the parties to prepare for mediation by describing the dispute in a brief written statement, focusing on the outcomes sought, and the impact that success or failure in achieving those outcomes might have on others. The mediator will explore the views of the parties in joint and/or private confidential sessions and will challenge preconceptions by testing the thought processes of the parties. The mediator remains independent and neutral throughout


Who provides Mediation services?

Many organisations and individuals now offer mediation services and some specialist mediation service providers are also available. Some of these service providers are listed below. Sport NI has no contractual relationship with any of the contacts listed. Other service providers are available.

Further information on mediation services available can be found here

Note:  Any fees charged for services provided are at the expense of the governing body and will not be supported by Sport NI