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Sports Development

Promoting and developing sport and physical activity throughout Ards and North Down.

Covid - 19 - click here for information on Covid Safe Sports Packs for sports organisations


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.