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.

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.