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ABC Sports Forum

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum are a voluntary body that provide a voice for local sport. They work closely with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and in particular the Sports Development Department to further aid the development of sport in the Borough. They do this through the delivery of the following key areas:

  1. Affiliation
  2. Grant Aid
  3. Coach Education Programme
  4. Clubmark NI
  5. Sports Awards
  6. Sport Directory

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 Sports Directory page on the website.

Affiliation for the 2021/22 financial year is now open and is FREE for this year (normally £20/year). New members wishing to affiliate must be affiliated to the Sport NI, Sport Ireland or UK Sport recognised Governing Body. Clubs and Individuals must be based within the Council area. Clubs must submit a copy of their club constitution as part of their affiliation to the Sports Forum.

Affiliation Forms

The purpose of the sports grant aid scheme is to provide financial support to help athletes, coaches and sports clubs from the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area to attain their full potential. To be eligible, clubs or individuals are required to affiliate to the Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Sports Forum.

There are seven award schemes available:

Club Development Grants
Club Development Grants focus on increasing the quality of provision by local sports clubs and improving their operation. Clubs may apply for three of the four elements in one financial year. The elements are:

  • Clubmark NI Accreditation Grant
  • Volunteer Development Grant
  • Grant Aid for Coaches & Umpires/Referees
  • Representative Sporting Clubs

Individual Grants
In recognition of the commitment needed to participate at an elite level in sport, the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum have grants to assist amateur athletes who reside in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area with inherent costs in training, competing and accessing training facilities (Leisure Access Card). The two elements are:

  • Talented Athlete Grant
  • Leisure Access Card

Guidance Notes
Please ensure that you read the guidance notes below for both Club Development and Individual Grants Schemes.

For more information relating to any of the above Grant Aid Schemes, please contact: Laura O’Hagan Sports Development Officer on email

Sports Bursary Scheme

Open for applications.
To facilitate the further development of aspiring athletes who reside in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area and have the ability and potential to bring credit to the borough with success at Provincial level or higher. The sports bursaries are for athletes who have the potential to compete and achieve success at a very high level within their sport.

For more information relating to any of the above Bursary Scheme, please contact: Laura O’Hagan Sports Development Assistant via email

Other Financial Assistance available:
Sports clubs are also eligible to apply under the following Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Grant Programmes:

  • Seeding Grants
  • Community Development Grants
  • Capital
  • Community Events Fund
  • Good Relations Grants
  • Everybody Active 2020

For further information, please visit:

Our Coach Education Programme provides opportunities for sports coaches, volunteers and administrators to further develop their knowledge and skills. The programme offers a mixture of courses to allow clubs to improve their day-to-day operations, to raise the standard of their coaching and to work towards the Sport NI Clubmark quality accreditation programme.

The programme for 2020/21 looks very different with all workshops being delivered online for the foreseeable future.


Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, however priority will be given to coaches and clubs within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

All courses have a minimum number and therefore are subject to cancellation should they not be met.

Affiliated clubs of the Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum can avail of free courses as part of their affiliation. For details of this voucher code please contact Sport Development.

For more information relating to any of the workshops, please contact: Amanda Mogey, Assistant Sports Development Officer on 028 3831 1693 or email


Safeguarding Children & Young People in Sport

This workshop aims to raise awareness of Child Protection issues in sport and introduces participants to the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport. This workshop is important for all adults involved in children’s sport, but is particularly recommended for Coaches, Leaders, Administrators and Officials. It has been adapted for online learning. The workshop is now delivered in two parts –

  • Part 1: Mandatory pre-learning that consists of a 25 minute video which is required to be undertaken in advance of the online workshop. Pre-learning materials will be forwarded upon registration.
  • Part 2: Online virtual workshop via Zoom on Monday 18th

Club Development Planning

Planning is the key to the future for all clubs no matter their level, activity or size. Planning helps to: Look at where the club has come from, where it is now, where it wants to go and how it is going to get there. This workshop aims to support clubs to work towards a simple framework to create a club plan.

By the end of the workshop you should:

  • Understand why it is important to have a Club Development Plan.
  • Understand the steps to create a plan using a simple framework.
  • Understand how to set a vision, objectives and actions.
  • Understand how to use it, who should be involved and how to start.

 Sports Nutrition for Optimal Performance

This workshop will focus on supporting athletes to understand the best way to nourish their bodies for peak performance. Lorna Cooke, Performance Sports Nutritionist will focus on eating for energy, nutrition for recovery; efficient and effective hydration; how nutrition can help manage DOMS and reduce injury risk; striking the right carbohydrate-protein-fat balance for different types of sport and how gut health is impaired with intensive exercise and how to manage it.

How to build positive relationships with athletes parents?

This workshop delivered by Working With Parents in Sport Ltd will look at what is parental engagement; understanding today’s sporting parents; how to create an environment for parental engagement to thrive; knowing and using your parents to support and building an effective communication policy.

Clubmark NI is Northern Ireland’s quality standard for Sports Clubs. Sport NI works with Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities to deliver the scheme, which aims to identify, develop, accredit and recognise high quality sports clubs.

Clubs and their members benefit through developing an organised club structure, implementation of policies and procedures, by creating a safe environment and parents appreciate the reassurance it brings.

Clubmark NI

To apply, clubs needs to register online, demonstrate that they meet minimum standards and provide evidence, in 5 key areas:

  • Effective Club Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Quality Coaching and Competition
  • Creating a Safe Environment
  • Safeguarding Members

Accreditation is available in 3 categories:

  • A Junior Club
  • A Senior Club
  • A Junior & Senior Club

For further information, please visit: http://www.sportni.net/clubs-coaching/clubmark-ni/

For support with your application, please contact your local Sports Development Team:




Each year, the Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Sports Forum works in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to host the Sports Awards. The awards evenings for both juniors and seniors, bring together athletes, teams, coaches, clubs and volunteers, recognising and rewarding their achievements and celebrating commitment and excellence in participation and performance.

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Junior Sports Awards 2020

The virtual awards will be announced in January 2021.
Nominations will only be accepted on the official nomination form and must be completed in full

Closing date for nominations is Monday 23rd November 2020 at 12noon

Senior Sports Awards

Nominations usually open in December with the awards ceremony taking place in March

Welcome to the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Directory of Sport. Here you will find a list of affiliated sports clubs to the Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum offering a range of sporting and physical activity opportunities across the area.

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