COVID-19 update: Hardship Fund for sports sector
A new hardship fund is available for sports clubs and sporting organisations from the voluntary and community sector which are unable to receive support from other Government Covid-19 Mitigation Funds. They can apply to Sport NI for a small grant of £2,000 to help with immediate financial commitments to maintain their facilities during the Covid-19 restrictions For more information visit the Sport NI website.
Due to exceptional demand, the total fund was increased by a further £250,000 on 16 April and the scheme has been suspended pending the assessment of those applications that have already been submitted.
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.
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.
- Family history, heritage and museums
- Arts Council of Northern Ireland
- National Museums Northern Ireland
- Everyday life and leisure