Sports clubs benefit from forum

    Belfast’s 300 plus sports clubs are being invited to share in £60,000 of grant funding at an event in the City Hall next month.

    The event, on Tuesday, 7 June is to establish a Sports Forum for Belfast to allow the clubs to have more input into new developments and facilitate initiatives to develop the capacity of local clubs.

    Among the topics to be discussed is the Large Development Grant, which offers individual clubs £5,000 to help them develop new ideas or undertake projects that otherwise they could only dream of doing.

    Parks and Leisure Partnership Officer, Ryan Haire, who is organising the event, said: “The forum will allow clubs to have a say on how their sports and facilities should develop, help the council better direct clubs to funding opportunities, provide networking possibilities and encourage clubs to seek the nationally recognised Clubmark accreditation.

    “It is a real chance for the clubs to make their voices heard by providing a central channel to the decision makers in local government. It is the perfect opportunity for us to spread the word about the council’s Large Development Grants which have just opened for this year.

    “Some of the clubs which have benefited in the past will be available to explain the difference they can make. It will also allow us to encourage more applications from clubs across the city and explain how Clubmark accreditation can help in accessing grants.

    “There are also important developments taking place, a new Pitches Strategy is being developed, and the Support for Sport programme which offers £120,000 in small grants is being reassessed. Clubs need to have an input so they can help shape our policies and direct resources to where it can best be utilised,” he added.

    The Sports Forum is being organised in partnership with the Belfast Community Sports Development Network (BCSDN) as part of the Active Belfast Consortium. Invitations for the event on Tuesday, 7 June at 7.30pm are being issued soon so to make sure you don’t miss out check the information on our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/leisure or by contacting BCSDN on 02890 297661.

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