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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
  7. E-Zines

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.

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, relevant to these roles, in enjoyable and engaging environments.

The programme for 2021/22 takes a blended approach to delivery with a mixture of online workshop and webinars as well as practical workshops.

The programme offers a mixture of minimum operating standards that are required for good club governance, and club and coach development workshops to support coaches in the day-to-day running of their club sessions, which are practical in nature, relating to achieving optimal performance.

To download a copy of the programme along with details of each course, please click HERE

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.

Only 2 spaces per club can be registered to ensure as many clubs as possible avail of the opportunity to take part. Should demand be high, a subsequent course will be organised.

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

Please note we require 48 hours notice of any cancellation. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in your club being charged at the full non-affiliated rate. Consideration will be given to participants under exceptional circumstances who cannot attend and inform us of these reasons.

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.

COVID-19 Course Procedures

  • All workshops have been fully risk assessed and the capacity of each venue has been carefully considered to allow for social distancing at all times.
  • Face coverings must be worn by all staff and the public when entering Council facilities unless medically exempt. Please bring a face covering with you.
  • All participants will be seated 2m socially distanced within the workshop room. Once seated you will be permitted to remove the face covering, however you may keep it on should you wish. During the session you may be required to move from your seat, and a face covering should then be worn.
  • Hand sanitiser will be made available at each workshop
  • Unfortunately no refreshments will be provided, so please bring a bottle of water with you.

For more information relating to any of the workshops, please contact Amanda Mogey at  


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

Designated Safeguarding Officer
This workshop aims to support those undertaking the role of Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer in sports clubs including creating an awareness of key legislation and good practice, how to respond in a range of situations of concern and how to develop the standards of safeguarding within a club environment. Attendees must have attended ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport’ prior to attending this workshop and must be over 18 years of age.

This workshop will be delivered online in 2 x 1.5hr sessions. Both sessions need to be undertaken in order to complete the workshop.

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.

  • Part 1: Online 3 hr theory session via Zoom
  • Part 2: Face-to-face 3hr practical session

Income Generation, Fundraising & Sponsorship for Clubs
This workshop delivered by Geoff Wilson will focus on how sports clubs can become financially sustainable by generating income from a variety of sources including sponsorship, fundraising and grants/foundations. Geoff works with the likes of FIFA, UEFA, AFC, FIBA and other global sports organisations in a wide range of areas from strategic planning, marketing and communications, digital, fan engagement, public affairs and knowledge sharing/exchange programmes. Geoff is a part-time lecturer in marketing at Queen’s University Belfast, is former Chair of Netball Northern Ireland and is a current Board Member of Tourism NI.

Simple Steps to 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.

How to Attract & Retain Club Members
This workshop highlights trends in sports clubs membership, how a club might develop membership ‘insight’ and considers how behaviour change concepts and practical steps may help to attract new members to your club, and retain existing club members for longer. The workshop is delivered a 2 hour online zoom.

Level 2 Mental Health in Sport Workshop
Developed by Sport NI, this free 90mins interactive awareness workshop has been designed to build and embed mental health awareness and wellbeing into your club environment and culture. It will help members to support each other and identify issues that may be affecting someone’s wellbeing. On completion of the workshop participants will have:

  • Increased awareness of mental and emotional wellbeing and coping strategies
  • Improved attitude towards mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Improved awareness of signs and symptoms
  • Increased awareness of appropriate sources of support

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.

  • Part 1: Online 3hr theory session
  • Part 2: Face-to-face 3hr practical session

Creating Great Children’s Sports Environments
This workshop addresses the areas of children’s coaching environments, coaching philosophy, the power of sport for child participant development and positive pedagogical climates.

  • Part 1: 60 minute zoom
  • Part 2: 2 hour face-to-face practical session
  • Part 3: 60 minute zoom reflection/implementation session

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:




The Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Sports Forum in association with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council host both the annual Junior and Senior Sports Awards. Both events bring together athletes, teams, coaches, clubs and volunteers, recognising and rewarding their achievements and celebrating commitment and excellence in service, participation and performance.

Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Senior Sports Awards 2022

Nominations for the Senior Sports Awards 2022 opened on Friday 19 November and will close on Friday 31 December at 5pm.

Nominations will be online and include achievements from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.

Nomination Categories

  • Sports Person with a Disability
  • Sportswoman
  • Sportsman
  • Senior Team
  • Senior Coach
  • Volunteer
  • Club
  • Service to Sport

Please download the Sports Awards Nomination Guidance Notes for further information on nomination criteria and category specific details.

For further information please contact Sarah Aiken

Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Junior Sports Awards 

Nominations usually open in June with the awards ceremony taking place in September.

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.

View ABC Directory of Sport >>

The Sport Development E-Zine contains all the latest information about sports development programmes, funding grants, coach education and club development workshops and any other information that may be of interest to sports clubs.

Please see below to access our previous Sports Development E-zines.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive our e-zine, please email

The Sports Bursary Scheme was introduced in November 2018 to facilitate the further development of aspiring athletes who have the ability and potential to bring credit to the Borough with success at Provincial level or higher.

Applications should be from athletes who have the potential to compete and achieve success at a very high level within their sport.

For more information please contact Sarah Aiken, Assistant Sports Development Officer on

The Sports Bursary Scheme is now open and will close on Wednesday 1st December at 5pm.