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The Outdoor Partnership NI

The Outdoor Partnership NI

The Outdoor Partnership (TOP) was originally set up in Wales in 2005, however thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund the programme has been extended to Northern Ireland and will working closely in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.Our overall vision is to achieve an active, healthy and inclusive society, where outdoor activities provide opportunities through participation, education, volunteering, training and employment which binds local communities, creating sustainable use and understanding of the environment. Ultimately we want to work with local people to take up outdoor activities as a life-long pursuit.

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What sports does The Outdoor Partnership NI support?

Angling, Climbing, Cycling, Open Water Swimming, Orienteering, Paddle Sports (Canoeing, Kayaking, SUP), Rambling, Running – fell/trail, Sailing, Snow Skiing, Walking, Windsurfing.

What support can The Outdoor Partnership NI provide?

Working in partnership with Council, we will provide a range of opportunities to participate in outdoor activities which will improve skills and build confidence leading to new opportunities and healthier lives.

TOP NI will also support local outdoor groups or clubs through a range of club development and coach education programmes.

Full membership to TOP is FREE for 2020/21 (normally £150 per year) and members can enjoy a host of great benefits for your club, coaches and volunteers including:

  • Access to National Governing Body Awards and coach mentoring courses at £20 per day.
  • Advice and support from our staff team on matters such as volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition, club structure and governance, funding sources and sourcing, etc.
  • FREE promotion of your club/group/event on our website, club booklet and social media pages.
  • Access to subsidised courses that are delivered online or virtually in areas such as Safeguarding and Mental Health First Aid.
  • Access to CPD workshops (e.g. equipment maintenance, child welfare, raising funds) – at a subsidised cost.
  • Access to promote your club with local schools.

The Outdoor Partnership – a taste of what’s to come in Northern Ireland

“Join The Outdoor Partnership this year for FREE, to access a range of fantastic benefits”.

It is now almost six months since the UK role out of The Outdoor Partnership (TOP) programme in Ayrshire, Cumbria, and Northern Ireland. Thank you to the many clubs who completed our club survey, the results have helped to paint a picture of the current level of provision in the area.

Today launches The Outdoor Partnership Membership programme in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon. Due to Covid affecting us all and Community Lottery funding, we are currently offering FULL membership for FREE until March 2021.

The annual fee is usually £150; however you can currently enjoy a host of great benefits for your club and volunteers simply by joining for FREE, benefits such as:

  • Access to National Governing Body Awards and coach mentoring courses at £20 per day.
  • Advice and support from our staff team on matters such as volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition, club structure and governance, funding sources and sourcing, etc.
  • FREE promotion of your club/group/event on our website, club booklet and social media pages.
  • Access to subsidised courses that are delivered online or virtually in areas such as Safeguarding and Mental Health First Aid.
  • Access to CPD workshops (e.g. equipment maintenance, child welfare, raising funds) – at a subsidised cost.
  • Access to promote your club with local schools.

Continuing your club’s membership is completely voluntary in subsequent years, but we’re sure you’ll see the great value in maintaining your membership for years to come.

TOP NI – Development Officer – Caoimhe Connor

07516 501295

Exciting opportunity for your club to join The Outdoor Partnership (TOP) to assess our coach education programme.

To kick start our initiative we are running a range of National Governing Body (NGB) Awards, as well as first aid and safeguarding for £20 per day for club volunteers. For those volunteers that do not have the necessary personal skills required to attend NGB courses, they will be able to access our Mentoring scheme for £20 per day under an experienced coach or instructor.


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