Sport Northern Ireland

Sport Northern Ireland (Irish: Spórt Thuaisceart Éireann) is the regional government sports council (funding body) for Northern Ireland.

Sport Northern Ireland
Sport Northern Ireland logo
AbbreviationSport NI
FormationDecember 31, 1973; 47 years ago (1973-12-31)
PurposeDevelopment of sport in Northern Ireland
HeadquartersHouse Of Sport
  • 2a Upper Malone Road, Belfast, County Antrim, BT9 5LA
Region served
Northern Ireland
Chief Executive
Antoinette McKeown
Main organ
Board of Sport NI (Chairman - Brian Henning)
Parent organization
Department for Communities
AffiliationsUK Sport, UK Anti-Doping, The National Lottery
£31,304,000 (2011-12)
Formerly called
Sports Council of Northern Ireland


Sport NI HQ

It was established under the Recreation and Youth Service (Northern Ireland) Order 1973[1] as the Sports Council for Northern Ireland, with its purpose defined by Article 3 of the Recreation and Youth Service (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.[2] Another organisation, the Youth and Sports Council for Northern Ireland, had been established by the Youth Welfare, Physical Training and Recreation Act of 1962.

From 2006, it organised Northern Ireland's involvement in the UK School Games.

It has recently contributed £7m to the building of Northern Ireland's first 50m swimming pool, for North Down Borough Council, approved in September 2009,[3] being built by Farrans (Construction) (owned by CRH plc).[4]


Closer view of The House of Sport

Its head office is based at the Malone Roundabout of the A55 and B103, near Barnett Demesne.


It receives around £7m a year from the National Lottery; the rest comes from the taxpayer.


It has a national outdoor training centre, the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, at the base of the Mourne Mountains. This is a training base for mountaineering and canoeing. It was built in 1970.

At the Jordanstown campus of Ulster University, it has the Sports Institute for Northern Ireland. This was created in 2002.

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