Sports Institute for Northern Ireland

The Sports Institute for Northern Ireland, shortened to SINI, is a partnership between Ulster University and Sport Northern Ireland. The institute was established in 2002 and provides facilities and specialist services for up to 120 sportsmen and women with the aim of improving their "competitive capacity within the sporting arena". The Institute is currently based at Jordanstown Campus,[3] however limited services are available at the Coleraine campus.

Sports Institute for Northern Ireland
The institutes's logo, incorporating the name inferiorly and a depiction of sporting activity superiorly.
MottoImproving athlete performance[1]
FocusAthletic Training
FacultyLife and Health Sciences
MembersUp to 120 sports-persons
OwnerSport Northern Ireland
Ulster University

Four Performance Development Centres (PDCs), based in Bangor, Belfast, Cookstown and Lisburn, offer specific services to their localities.[4] SINI is intended to develop and maintain Olympic standard support to Northern Ireland's top athletes and coaches. The facilities cater for Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athletes and sports along with a select number of sports that are important to the public in Northern Ireland including rugby, soccer, cricket, GAA, golf and motor sports. Staff work in sport-led programmes in both an inter–disciplinary and multi-disciplinary fashion.[2]


The Institute offers Performance Planning, Sport Medicine, Physiotherapy and Soft Tissue Therapy, Strength and Conditioning Training, Performance Nutrition, Physiology and Performance Analysis, Talent Identification, Performance Psychology Services and Performance Lifestyle Advice.[5]


The Institute is currently partnered with most Irish and Northern Irish Sports bodies. If a sporting body wishes for an athlete to compete at an international level they may apply to the Institute for that sports-person to receive their services. The selection process prohibits athletes which have not been nominated by their sporting body from becoming a member. SINI is currently partners with:[6]

Publicly Funded Bodies

Sporting Bodies

Sports Councils

Preferred Partnership Programme

  • Dartfish
  • For GoodnessShakes
  • Optimum Nutrition
  • Healthspan Elite


  1. "Home-Sports Institute Northern Ireland". SINI. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  2. "About Us - Sports Institute of Northern Ireland". SINI. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  4. Belfast Telegraph
  5. "What We Offer - Sports Institute Northern Ireland". SINI. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  6. "Partners - Sports Institute Northern Ireland". SINI. Retrieved December 29, 2014.