A Re-Boot for Sport

Share this article

Sport NI is delighted to announce Project Re-boot as part of the initiative ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better.’


Sport NI’s Clubs Survey Report identified key areas for support including membership, volunteers and coach development, governance, finance and facilities. The addition of COVID-19 has amplified a number of these issues and so, in May 2020, Sport NI launched a second survey to better understand the range of current and anticipated future challenges. Survey findings highlighted the need for a strengthened sport and recreation sector through innovation and creativity to continue to develop the issues identified in the 2019 survey. In response, and following further consultation Sport NI have developed the initiative ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better’ with the following outcomes:

• A strengthened, more connected sporting and recreation sector with increased capability; and

• An innovative sporting and recreation sector, confident with new ways of working

Introducing Project Re-Boot

Project Re-Boot will invest in new and innovative projects which will support the engagement and re-engagement of participants into sport, particularly people from groups who have been especially impacted by Covid-19. It has three levels of investment:


  • We will invite applications in January 2021 that request support from £10,000-£25,000.
  • All projects must be delivered by 31st March 2022.
  • Collaboration and partnership working is key to the success of Team Up
  • While there is no requirement for Partnership Funding, organisations should consider the availability of other sources of funding (including in-kind support).


  • We will invite applications in the spring of 2021 that request support up to £5,000.
  • All projects must be delivered by 31st March 2022.
  • Applicants should be aware that partnership funding may be a likely requirement for this investment strand.

Sport Local:

  • We will invite applications in the early summer of 2021 that request support from £500 to £1,000.
  • There is no requirement for partnership funding.



The first investment level to be released is Team-Up. Here we aim to invest in projects that support the sporting sector to:

  • Innovatively adapt to and plan for a changed sporting landscape due to the anticipated long-lasting impacts of COVID-19.
  • Positively impact their communities in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Contribute to improved partnership working across the sports sector.

You will need to tell us:

  • How your proposed project is unique, creative, innovative and/or different?
  • Who are your partners that will support the delivery of your project?
  • How your project will be inclusive and target under-represented groups or areas?
  • How will it engage new audiences, attract new participants or re-engage lost members due to the impact of COVID-19?
  • How the project will be managed and your club or organisations’ experience in managing this type of project and budget?

To be eligible to apply you must be one of the following organisations:

  • A constituted sports club which is affiliated to a governing body of sport recognised by Sport NI (you can find the most recent list of recognised governing bodies on our website at http://www.sportni.net/performance/governing-bodies/recognition-of-governing-bodies).
  • A community/voluntary organisation sector organisation that delivers or enables sport and/or physical recreation as your primary activity. Sports and activities must be recognised by Sport NI.
  • A charitable trust that delivers or enables sport and/or physical recreation as your primary activity. Sports and activities must be recognised by Sport NI.


Download: Re:Boot Programme Information & Guidance notes

Apply Here: Project Re:boot Application 

Applications should be submitted on- line, the below document should be only used for reference

Reference application


Project Re-Boot – ‘Team Up’ Information Sessions Sport Northern Ireland are hosting three online information sessions for potential applicants.  At each session, attendees will hear about Sport NI’s ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better’ initiative, and specifically learn about the 3 separate funding strands of Project Re-Boot (starting initially with ‘Team-Up’).  Attendees will receive a summary of the programme aim and objectives, as well as project guidance indicating what Sport NI are looking for from potential applications.  The majority of the sessions will be spent addressing specific queries from attendees. The Information and Guidance Note already provides lots of detail on ‘Project Re-Boot – Team Up’.  As time is limited at these sessions, please take time to read the guidance before registering your interest for one of three online information sessions.

Register here:

If you need help or if you have any questions in the meantime please email: projectreboot@sportni.net

Supporters & Partners

Official Charity Partner

Recruitment Partner