Competition to appoint new Members to the Board of Sport NI

Date published: 04 March 2021

The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched a competition to appoint three Members to the Board of Sport NI.

Competition to appoint new Members to the Board of Sport NI
Competition to appoint new Members to the Board of Sport NI

This is an open competition and applications are welcome from a wide range of people with an interest in public service. Applications from women, ethnic minorities, young people and people with disabilities are particularly welcome.

Sport NI was established in 1973 in line with the Recreation and Youth Service (NI) Order 1986, and is an Arm’s-Length Body of DfC. Its main objective is the furtherance of sport and physical recreation in Northern Ireland.

The Board has a key role to play both in developing and improving the knowledge and appreciation of sport, and in increasing participation in sport and physical recreation. It also ensures good governance and adherence to public accountability.

All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 26 March 2021. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) will be used. The aim of the GIS is to provide applicants with a disability the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities beyond the initial application stage.

Further information, including an application pack, can be obtained at

NI Direct or by e-mailing Public Appointments.

You can also contact the Department on the following:

Telephone:       028 9081 9417                              

Text Relay Service:      18001 028 9081 9417                            

Notes to editors: 

  1. This is a competition to appoint three new Members to the Board of Sport NI. The appointments are for a term of up to 4 years from 1 June 2021 with the final decisions resting with the Minister for Communities.


  1. These Member positions are unpaid. However travel and subsistence allowances are line with NI Civil Service rates. These posts will require a commitment of 24 days per year.
  2. The appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in NI in accordance with the requirement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI. All appointments are based on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.


  1. The Department for Communities is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependents. The Department particularly welcomes applications from women, young people, people from an ethnic minority and people with a disability for these positions as these groups are currently under-represented at Board level across NI.


  1. Media enquiries to DfC Press Office.


  1. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hour’s service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The Duty Press Officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.


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