Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Sports Forum opens applications for its 2021-22 membership – offering free affiliation to all sporting clubs and individuals for the second year in a row!
Working in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the ABC Sports Forum is a voluntary body that provides a voice for local sport and works to encourage its development across the area.
Offering a wide range of benefits, affiliated club members can apply to any of the Forum’s club development grants including: the Clubmark NI Accreditation Grant, the Volunteer Development Grant as well as Grant Aid for Coaches and Umpires/Referees, and the Representative Sporting Clubs Grant. While affiliated individual members can apply to the Talented Athlete Grant, Leisure Access Card Grant and a Sports Bursary.
Furthermore, all affiliated members will gain a free place on the Forum’s Coach Education and Club Development Programme, receive regular updates on available grants, programmes, sports awards and events, plus have their details included in ABC Council’s sports directory and have the opportunity to be elected as a representative of their sport at the Forum’s AGM.
Chairperson of the ABC Sports Forum, Edith Jamison, said:
“Covid-19 has brought about a new way of life for us all and we want to thank all the sports clubs for all their tremendous work in helping the local community over the past year.
“We want to ensure that all clubs in the borough can avail of the benefits of being affiliated which is why we have agreed that membership for both individuals and clubs will be free for a second year running.
“Affiliated clubs are currently receiving regular e-bulletins from the council’s Sports Development team including information on funding, webinars, governance and other general information, which has been very informative and useful at this time.”
New members wishing to join must be affiliated to either the Sport NI, Sport Ireland or UK Sport recognised Governing Body and clubs must submit a copy of their club constitution.
Existing ABC Sports Forum club and individual members who wish to continue their affiliation must also reaffiliate this year.
For further information and to register online, visit click here.