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:
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ABC 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.
For clubs or individuals who are eligible are required to affiliate to the Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Sports Forum.
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
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
Please ensure that you read the guidance notes below for both Club Development and Individual Grants Schemes.
Sports Bursary Scheme
Applications open October of each year. Due to coronavirus, it may not be possible to open this scheme for 2020/21.
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.
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
- 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 is currently being developed for 2020/21 and will be released here in due course.
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.
Safeguarding Children & Young People
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.
Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer
This workshop is aimed primarily at Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer’s within sports clubs. The training provides them with further understanding to assist in their role of safeguarding children in sport. Attendees must have attended ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport’ prior to attending this workshop and must be over 18 years of age.
Emergency First Aid for Sport
This 6 hour workshop will cover elements of First Aid applicable to anyone who is responsible for coaching/supervising a team or individuals. A 3 year certificate of competency will be issued following successful assessment. Attendance at both sessions is compulsory.
Disability Inclusion Training
This 6 hour workshop has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and understanding they need to make their particular programmes, facilities and activities more inclusive of people with disabilities. Through a range of interactive exercises participants are made aware of the main barriers to participation, and are provided with practical advice and guidance to develop their ability to adapt games and activities to include all ability groups.
Participants will be introduced to a variety of warm-up games, activities and disability sports while given the knowledge of how to make these inclusive for all ability groups. On completion of the course all participants will receive, a Disability Sport NI Certificate of Attendance and a resource pack containing colourful activity cards.
Mental Health & Well being for people involved in Sport.
Sport Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Public Health Agency, has engaged with Action Mental Health to offer a 90 minute interactive session that supports the mental health and emotional wellbeing of those involved within Sport Clubs and the wider sporting community. The content of this course explores attitudes, challenging stigma and misconceptions, Mental ill health, Pressure vs Stress, Identifying positive coping strategies, Identifying support networks and signposting people to sources of support.
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.
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.
How to nominate
Nominations are launched each year as follows:
Junior Sports Awards – Nominations usually open in May with the awards ceremony taking place in September
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.