Sports Forum

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

The forum exists to encourage active participation in sport and leisure activities by supporting the development and sustainability of sports clubs in Ards and North Down.

Sports Forum's role

The forum will:

  • act as a consultative body between council and the sporting community
  • provide grants to support local sports organisations and athletes
  • inform its members about relevant sporting news
  • contribute to sports development in the area

Joining the Sports Forum

To join the Sports Forum, sports clubs and organisations in Ards and North Down must become affiliated members. The annual affiliation fee is £25.00. New affiliated members must wait three months before they can apply for grants from the Sports Forum. 

Download the Affiliation Form.

Meeting Timetable

The tables below show the monthly meeting dates of when the Working Group will be assessing applications and also the quarterly meeting dates of the Sports Forum. Please refer to the Working Group dates when making an application.

 

2019/2020 Sports Forum Meetings

MEETING

DATE

TIME

VENUE

Meeting 1

Wednesday 13th February 2019

7pm

Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex

Meeting 2

Wednesday 12th June 2019 (AGM)

7pm

Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex

Meeting 3

Thursday 10th October 2019

7pm

Bangor Aurora

Meeting 4

Thursday 13th February 2020

7pm

Londonderry Park

 

2019/2020 Working Group Meetings

MEETING

FINANCIAL YEAR

DATE

TIME

1 18/19 Wed 9th January 6pm
2 18/19 Wed 13th February QM1 6pm
3 18/19 Wed 13th March 6pm

4

19/20

Wed 10th April

10am

5

19/20

Wed 8th May

10am

6

19/20

Wed 12th June (AGM) QM2

6pm

7

19/20

Wed 10th July

10am

8

19/20

Wed 14th August

10am

9

19/20

Thurs 12th September

10am

10

19/20

Thurs 10th October QM3

6pm

11

19/20

Thurs 14th November

10am

12

19/20

Thurs 12th December

10am

13

19/20

Thurs 9th January

10am

14

19/20

Thurs 13th February QM4

6pm

15

19/20

Thurs 12th March

10am

Sports Forum Grant Programme

Ards and North Down Borough Council has allocated £30,000 in 2019-2020 for grants to be awarded by the Sports Forum to affiliated sports clubs, organisations and athletes within the borough. The grant categories are:

  • travel and accommodation
  • events
  • coaching
  • Gold Card
  • equipment
  • seeding
  • sport club anniversary

Applying for a Sports Forum Grant

Download the guidelines for the grant programme and application forms for each grant category.

If an organisation, club or individual receives funding, they must complete a report form about how they used the grant.