Mid and East Antrim nets almost £40k funding for sports initiatives

Friday 6 October 2017

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is to receive £38,525 in funding to develop sport and physical activity across the Borough.

Mid and East Antrim BC Sport Development officer Katrina McCaughan, Sport NI’s Conleth Donnelly, Mayor Paul Reid and Grants Officer Christine Barnhill.

The funding has been awarded through Sport Northern Ireland’s Every Body Active 2020 Small Grants programme.

The money will be primarily aimed at grassroots community based sport with priority investment in sports clubs and community.

It’s hoped the investment will help deliver increased sports participation in underrepresented areas including women, disability sports and areas of high social need.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Paul Reid said, “This funding from Sport NI and the Department for Communities is invaluable to the Borough. This programme not only enables Council to deliver a wide variety of programmes to promote physical activity but will help build a better future for generations to come.

“I feel passionately about encouraging people to become involved in sport and as a council we consistently promote and develop all types of sporting and fitness activities. Building healthier communities is a key priority for council and essential funding like this will help us achieve that.”

A variety of organisations including governing bodies, clubs, community and voluntary groups will be able to apply for funding and this will support Council in delivering its Community Plan.

Sport Northern Ireland Chair George Lucas commented, “Sport Northern Ireland is pleased to continue our work with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to help communities get more active more often through the Every Body Active 2020 Programme. The total investment of £693k from the Department for Communities into the Small Grants programme will help support all eleven local councils in delivering their community plans and helping people enjoy the physical, mental and social benefits of sport and physical activity.

“We look forward to seeing the impact of this work in encouraging everyone, and particularly women and girls, people with a disability and those in areas of greatest social need, to enjoy, engage and excel in sport”

Applications can be made online and will open for funding on Monday 9 October and close at 12noon on Friday 3 November 2017.