Funding Available From New Sports Facility Programme

Sport Northern Ireland has announced a new plan to invest £17.5m of its National Lottery funding into sports facility projects over the next five years.

sport niSport Northern Ireland conducted a series of consultation events across Northern Ireland to engage with a wide range of stakeholders on the future direction of its Corporate Plan and future capital investment needs, with the aim of meeting the requirements of stakeholders within the sporting community. The consultation feedback allowed Sport Northern Ireland to shape its future capital investment model to align with its corporate objectives of: Sporting Communities, Sporting Clubs, and Sporting Winners.

The Facility Fund will invest in facilities through the following three strands:

1. Single Facility: single-sport facilities which seek to increase participation within the club structure 2. Multi Facility: multi-sport facilities which seek to increase participation across local communities 3. Performance Facility: performance sport facilities which meet the needs of community participants and high performance athletes within the same multi-sport environment The minimum investment through the Facility Fund will be £17.5m over five years.

Single Facility strand

Sport Northern Ireland will deliver a number of workshops commencing at the end of May, specifically for the Single Facility strand to support potential applicants through the investment process. Details of these workshops are outlined below:

Date: Tuesday 26 May Council Area: Lisburn and Castlereagh Venue: The Oak Room, Lagan Valley Island Civic Centre, The Island, Lisburn Time: 7-9pm

Date: Wednesday 27 May Council Area: North Down and Ards Venue: The Function Room, Bangor Aurora, 3 Valentine Road, Bangor Time: 7-9pm

Date: Thursday 28 May Council Area: Newry, Mourne and Down Venue: Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, 32 Hilltown Road, Bryansford, Newcastle Time: 7-9pm

Date: Monday 1 June Council Area: Belfast Venue: House of Sport, 2a Upper Malone Road, Belfast Time: 7-9pm

Date: Tuesday 2 June Council Area: Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Venue: Portadown Town Hall, 15 Edward Street, Portadown Time: 7-9pm

In the interim, potential applicants to the Single Facility Fund including clubs, community groups, governing bodies, charities and schools can register their interest by visiting:

Further details of workshops for the other two strands will follow in due course.

For further information on the Facility Fund please contact the Capital Team on 028 9038 1222.