Sport Northern Ireland
|Formation||December 31, 1973|
|Purpose||Development of sport in Northern Ireland|
|Headquarters||House Of Sport|
|Board of Sport NI (Chairman - Brian Henning)|
|Department for Communities|
|Affiliations||UK Sport, UK Anti-Doping, The National Lottery|
|Sports Council of Northern Ireland|
It was established under the Recreation and Youth Service (Northern Ireland) Order 1973 as the Sports Council for Northern Ireland, with its purpose defined by Article 3 of the Recreation and Youth Service (Northern Ireland) Order 1986. 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, being built by Farrans (Construction) (owned by CRH plc).
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.
- Irish Sports Council, similar organisation for the Republic of Ireland
- Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games
- Northern Ireland Federation of Sub-Aqua Clubs