December 04, 2020

Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster are pleased to announce that Sport Northern Ireland have today launched the Sports Sustainability Fund, with an allocation of £25 million to support sporting National Governing Bodies and clubs in Northern Ireland.

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for all sports clubs around the country; as such, the Sports Sustainability Fund will now be made available through Sport Northern Ireland to deliver immediate funding to those most in need.

We very much welcome this news and want to work closely with Swim Ulster and our Northern Ireland clubs to support them in their applications, to help them to safeguard their future, and get our members back into the water.

Sport NI and the Department for Communities recognise the significant financial impact of the restrictions on sports governing bodies, clubs and sporting organisations; limiting opportunities for organisations to generate income in the usual ways, such as club membership, running events and competitions, having spectators at games and by attracting sponsorship.

Therefore, the Sports Sustainability Fund will provide the needed financial support to alleviate evidenced financial hardship, experienced as a result of COVID-19.

The process will be administered by Swim Ulster on behalf of the clubs in Northern Ireland, with more information and a detailed application process to follow next week.

We are very grateful to Sport NI and the Department for Communities for their hard work in securing this funding, and are excited that our clubs will be able to avail of much needed financial support.