Sport overview


The Department is responsible for the central administration and promotion of sport in Northern Ireland and the administration of Sport NI.

Department and Sport NI

The Department aims to promote a culture of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport. Sport NI is a lead development agency for sport in Northern Ireland as established under the Recreation and Youth Service (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

The Department for Communities is the sponsor Department for Sport Northern Ireland (Sport NI). Working together, they have agreed to set out the partnership arrangements between them.

Sport Matters

DfC promotes sport in the context of its strategy for sport: Sport Matters: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation, 2009 to 2019. 

Sport Matters was developed by DCAL, in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland, and approved by the Northern Ireland Executive in December 2009

More information about Sport Matters and the Sport Matters strategy are available on the following DfC pages:

Sport Matters Monitoring Group

As part of the implementation of Sport Matters, a ministerial chaired Sport Matters Monitoring Group, which is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the delivery of Sport Matters, has been established.


The Department has been involved in the following sports projects and initiatives:

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