About Us

The Sports Forum is a voluntary association whose membership consists of 71 Governing Bodies of Sport, 24 Associate Members and 14 Individual Members with an interest in sport and physical recreation.

We are the recognised umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector of sport in Northern Ireland and act as the “Independent Voice of Voluntary Sport in Northern Ireland”.

Almost every organised sport and recreation in Northern Ireland has its own governing or representative body – organisations like the GAA, Athletics NI and the Ulster Hockey Union.

The Board, elected every three (3) years, meets regularly to consider matters of common interest and concern to the membership and to discharge the Forum’s advocacy, communication, enabling and consultative roles on their behalf.

We are an organiser of the annual Sports Law Conference alongside Sports Law NI and the Law Society of NI and Secretariat for the All Party Group on Sport & Physical Recreation at the NI Assembly.

The NI Sports Forum is a registered company with charitable status (company Reg. Number: NI10440).

We are represented on:

  • Home Countries Sports Associations
  • NI Commonwealth Games Council
  • Sports Resolutions UK
  • BT Sports Awards
  • Developing Governance Group
  • Sport Matters Monitoring and Implementation Groups
  • by invitation, appoints representatives to committees and other bodies.