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Sports Development

Sports Development works in partnership with local schools, sports clubs, governing bodies of sport and Sport Northern Ireland to promote and develop sport and physical activity throughout the Borough of Ards and North Down

Sports Development aims to build strong and stable quality clubs, develop the coaching and administrative infrastructure and to create opportunities for individuals to participate in sporting activities from "beginner" to international level, while recognising the important role that Sport and an Active lifestyle play in enhancing Quality of life and promoting health and well-being within the community.

The department supports and advises clubs, community groups and athletes in accessing and identifying funding to help with areas such as equipment, coach education, capital development and our sports forum grant that supports local sporting talent.

Sports Forum

Ards and North Down Sports Forum is a voluntary organisation comprising affiliated sports clubs and organisations.  

Everybody Active

Some content about getting active

Sports Grants

Ards and North Down Borough Council recognises the need for Capital Investment into our Sports Clubs and Facilities, in order to improve the quality of provision and sporting experiences for people living within the Borough.

Sports Directory

Annual Sports Directory guide to Sports available in the borough


The Clubmark programme aims to identify, develop, accredit and recognise high quality sports clubs and the contribution they make to the development of sport in Northern Ireland.

Sports Development Projects

Football Development Programme

The programme aims to create a structured approach to the development of football in the borough. It provides Grassroots football through courses.

Every Body Active 2020

The Every Body Active 2020 four year lottery funded programme, aims to get people more active more often through sport and physical activity.