Applications sought for ABC Sports Forum affiliation

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Armagh Banbridge & Craigavon Sports Forum

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum, a voluntary body that provide a voice for local sport, are currently seeking applications from clubs and individuals who wish to be affiliated with the organisation.

Working closely with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and in particular the Sports Development Department the aim of the ABC Sports Forum is to further aid the development of sport in the borough.

Annual affiliation to the ABC Sports Forum includes many benefits such as access to Club Development Grants including; Clubmark NI Accreditation/Reaccreditation; Volunteer Development Grant; Grant Aid for Coaches & Umpires/Referees; and Representative Sporting Clubs.  Eligible individuals can also apply for a Talented Athlete Grant; a Leisure Access Card and a Sports Bursary.

Affiliated members will also receive free places on the Coach Education & Club Development programme and receive regular sports development information on available grants, programmes and events including the annual junior and senior sports awards.  Members will also have the opportunity to be elected to represent their sport on the ABC Sports Forum at the Annual General Meeting.  Clubs can also have their details published on the Council’s Get Active ABC website.

Affiliation for the 2020/21 financial year is now open and will be FREE for this year.  New members wishing to affiliate must be affiliated to the Sport NI, Sport Ireland or UK Sport recognised Governing Body.  Those clubs and individuals who were affiliated in 2019/20 will have their affiliation carried over for this year only and therefore do not need to affiliate.

Chaiperson 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 good work in helping the local community.  We want to ensure that all Clubs in the borough can avail of the benefits of being affiliated and that is why we have agreed that for this year affiliation for both individuals and clubs will be free.  Affiliated Clubs are currently receiving weekly updates 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”

For further information and to download copies of forms please click the link
ABC Sports Forum

If you would like more information on the ABC Sports Forum please contact Sarah Aiken, Assistant Sports Development Officer at