Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Health and Recreation Department

ABC Sports Forum

Voice for local sport
ABC Sports Forum
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Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Form 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 the development of sport in the Borough. They do this through the delivery of the following key areas:

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

For more information relating to any of the workshops, please contact: Laura O’Hagan, Sports Development Assistant on 028 4066 0637 or email laural.ohagan@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

How to book

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:

• Armagh Office, Edel Ferson 028 3752 9636
• Banbridge Office, Gillian Dewart 028 4066 0637
• Craigavon Office, Wanda Rea 028 3831 1691

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 six award schemes available:

Club Development Grants:

These will 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 a financial year. The elements are:

  • Clubmark NI Accreditation Grant
  • Volunteer Development Grant
  • Grant Aid for Coaches & Umpires/Referees
  • Representative Sporting Clubs

Individual Grants:

These are focused on improving the performance and sporting achievements of local sports people. The elements are:

  • Talented Athlete Grant
  • Leisure Access Card

Please ensure that you read the guidance notes below. For further information please contact Sports Development.

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
  • Every Body Active 2020

For further information, please visit: https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/resident/community-grants/

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.

Important dates to note:

  • Junior Sports Awards
    • Launch – May
    • Closing – June
    • Event – September

 

  • Seniors Sports Awards
    • Launch – December
    • Closing – January
    • Event – March

Recent Events:

 

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Junior Sports Awards 2018

Friday 28th September 2018

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Special guests attending this year’s Junior Sports Awards event are:

(Backrow from left) Padraic McKeever and Noel Hegarty (House of Sport, Intersport), Lord Mayor Councillor Julie Flaherty, Denise Watson (UTV Sport), Edith Jamison (Chairperson, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum) and Roger Wilson (Council Chief Executive). (Front row from left) Commonwealth Games Representatives including David Kerr, Andrea Nash, Robert McVeigh, Catherine Beattie and Mark Downey.

 

Volunteer Awards sponsored by House of Sport, Intersport:
Rhys McDonnell, Banbridge & Rathfriland Karate Club; Emma Rankin, Armagh Special Olympics Club.

Sports Person with a Disability sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council:
Joint winners Josh McCauley, Banbridge Special Olympics and Sammy Willis, Ripples Special Olympics
Commended: Billy Wilson, Banbridge Special Olympics Club.

Sports Person with a Disability

Junior School Team of the Year sponsored by Ian Donnelly Associates:
Tandragee Junior High School, Minor Boys Athletics Team

Junior Club Team of the Year sponsored by Armagh Sports & Trophies:
Derrynoose GAC U14 Girls Gaelic Football Team

Youth School Team of the Year sponsored by Linwoods:
St. Ronan’s College, Boys Gaelic Football Team

Youth School Team Award

Youth Club Team of the Year sponsored by Donaghys Shoefair:
Portadown Ladies Hockey Club’s U15 Team

Youth Club Team Award

School Coach of the Year sponsored by Sport Northern Ireland:
St. Ronan’s College, Boys Gaelic Football Team Mangers. David Wilson, Micky Donnelly & Collie Fegan

Club Coach of the Year sponsored by Sport Northern Ireland:
Mark Evans, Portadown Ladies Hockey Club

Chairman’s Award sponsored by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum:
Banbridge Academy School teams (Boys Hockey Team, Girls Hockey Team, Girls Double Rowing Team and the Girls Table Tennis Team)

Junior Male of the Year sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council:
Edward Rowe from Tandragee Golf Club / Banbridge Academy Hockey

Junior Female of the Year sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council:
Jodie McKew, Horizon Taekwondo Academy

Youth Male of the Year sponsored by Rushmere Shopping:
Daniel Wiffen, Lisburn City Swimming Club

Youth Male Award

Youth Female of the Year sponsored House of Sport Intersport:
Niamh McKiverigan, Powerhouse Sport (Cycling)

Youth Female Award
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