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Getting started is all about giving young people a sound start to their involvement with sport. It is about providing children with enjoyable and rewarding first experiences of sport. The Sports Council believes that this can be made to happen by:
  • Training parents, teachers and coaches to ensure young people are given the best advice and encouragement;
  • Offering children a wide variety of mini or modified games suited to their age and stage of development;
  • Ensuring there are locally available clubs to which children can go to further their interest in sport

The Sports Council for Northern Ireland has developed a number of resources to help you work with young people. Copies of these resources can be obtained from the Sports Council .

The following resources are available:

Junior Club Development Pack - a training pack for Sports Development officers to support the development of Junior Clubs.

After School Activity Pack - Schools Out, Lets Play - a training pack for teachers and school sports co-ordinators keen to develop after school sports activities.

Sports Parent - a pack to assist Sports Development Officers to work with clubs and other organisations aiming to inform parents of the benefits of sport to young people.

Kids Stuff - resources developed with a range of sports including Basketball, Hockey and Netball. These include coaching cards for teachers and coaches working with children of primary school age.

Kids First - a training course for primary School Teachers, Coaches and Sports Development Officers which seeks to develop an understanding of the complimentary roles of physical education and sport in schools.

Junior Clubmark - a scheme which aims to help clubs to develop and recognise clubs who can demonstrate that they have policies and practices for young people in place.

Top Programmes - a series of structured, linked and progressive opportunities for young people

For a up-to-date listing of the Sports Council resources please check our resources channel.

More information on our training courses are available from our training channel.


Contact: Ronnie Smyth
Tel:028 90 383871

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