Sport and leisure

Taking part in a sport or leisure activity is a great way to meet new people, have fun and stay healthy. There are many activities out there and it’s easy to get started

The Sports Hardship Fund reopened for applications on 1 October 2020 . Eligibility criteria will apply - find out more on the Sport NI website.

COVID-19: guidance for the sports sector

Practical guidance has been prepared to help the sports sector manage a return to sport.  Details can be found via the following websites:

Sports organisations and clubs should continue to monitor the nidirect and Sport NI websites for details of any financial support which may become available in the future.

Benefits of sports

Getting into sport can help you feel good about yourself. Whatever sport you choose, what matters is that you are out and about and having fun.

Taking part has many benefits for individuals and society. Regular physical activity:

  • helps reduce body fat
  • strengthens bones
  • improves coordination, balance and flexibility
  • boosts stamina and concentration
  • helps fight depression and anxiety

Sports and leisure activities

As there are so many sporting and leisure activities going on, it can be difficult to find out what exactly is on offer in your area. 

If you’re not sure where to start looking, you can check out your local council's website or search online for sports clubs or centres near you.

Sports' governing bodies

You can take part in a variety of sports, including team sports and individual sports.

There are many governing bodies for sport in Northern Ireland. These governing bodies are made up of member clubs. There may be a club for your chosen sport in your area.

For information and contact details, visit Sport Northern Ireland.

Youth clubs

Your region’s Education Authority (EA) or organisations like your local church may run youth clubs or drop-in centres for young people where they can catch up with friends and meet others.

You can also find out if the EA in your region runs any classes that you may be interested in. They may organise a whole range of activities, such as drama groups and sport classes.

Ideas for your spare time

From taking up a sport, learning a new skill, or finding out more about your local history, there's something for everyone.

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