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Governing Bodies of Sport

The Sports Council for Northern Ireland works closely with the governing bodies of sport in Northern Ireland.   The Councilís role is to provide advice and guidance to assist governing bodies with the management of their sports, including such areas as strategic planning, sourcing funding, employment matters and good practice, in a range of areas. 

In undertaking this role, the Sports Council organises courses and seminars identified to meet the needs of governing bodies. 

Over the past year, the Sports Council has invested approximately £0.75 million in governing body programmes.  This investment has enabled: 

  • the employment of staff;

  • the training and education of coaches, officials and administrators;

  • the organisation of participation programmes and,

  • the preparation of talented performers for competitive events.  

There are currently 79 governing bodies recognised by the Sports Council for Northern Ireland:  

  • 13 of these are Northern Ireland based governing bodies, eg Irish Football Association, Netball Northern Ireland;

  • 35 are branches of Irish governing bodies, eg Ulster Council GAA, Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland, and

  • 31 are branches of UK governing bodies, eg N I Athletics Federation and N I Judo Federation.

To access the list of Governing Bodies please click here.

For further information contact either: [email protected]  or  [email protected]  



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