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Stadium Community Benefits Initiative

The Department for Communities, Belfast City Council and the Irish Football Association are working together to deliver the Stadium Community Benefits Initiative (SCBI) which focuses on maximising the potential of the new National Football Stadium at Windsor Park to deliver social benefits, watch our video to find out more. 

The Initiative will continue for 10 years (2016 – 2026) and will benefit from £150,000 per year investment. The overarching objective of the Initiative is to improve the quality of life now and for future generations. 

Themes which will guide the implementation of the Initiative’s Action Plan include: 

  • encouraging wellbeing and healthy lifestyle choices 
  • improving community engagement through schools, clubs and youth organisations
  • supporting new and existing football clubs to increase their capacity to deliver, creating more participation opportunities for the people Belfast. 

Although football is currently the main delivery sport of the Initiative, we hope that other sports governing bodies will become involved in the future. 

A Sport in the Community conference was held in January 2019 inviting representatives from Belfast Sports clubs who aspire to work together to deliver quality sporting opportunities within their community across the city, check out our video.

For more information email leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9027 0344.

Upcoming programme of activities

Programme   Detail Venue  Dates  Times   Contact
Coach Education  Opportunities to avail of funding support for level 1, level 2, Intro to Futsal and Futsal Award. TBC TBC TBC leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk
Club Development Opportunities to avail of funding support for: OCN qualification in football administration, first aid certificate and safeguarding training.
Limited spaces per annum. selection criteria will be applied. 
TBC TBC TBC leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk
Clubmark If you are a Belfast based football club and would like to hear more about how your club can obtain Clubmark, we would like to hear from you. National Football Stadium at Windsor Park  We will try to accommodate on a day that suits you.  We will try to accommodate at a time that suits you. leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or diarmuid.ocarroll@irishfa.com
Volunteer Programme Would you like to volunteer at Stadium events or volunteer at Belfast based football clubs?
We welcome volunteer support in areas of:
- administration
- funding
- event management
- marketing/social media
Appropriate training may be provided.
National Football Stadium at Windsor Park 
and in local football clubs.
Various Various leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or michael.carvill@irishfa.com
 Events We would like to increase community usage of the stadium via facilitationg tours of the stadium, hosting training workshops and community events.
Are you a community group based in Belfast?
Got a event that your community group would like to host at the stadium?
National Football Stadium at Windsor Park We will try to accommodate on a day that suits you We will try to accommodate at a time that suits you  leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk
Inclusive clubs  We are currently supporting the development of two inclusive clubs in Belfast at Crusaders and Cliftonville football clubs. 
Would you like more information about the current inclusive clubs in Belfast?
Or would you like to set up an inclusive section in your club?
Crusaders (Loughside Recreational Centre) Every Wednesday 7pm - 8pm (7 - 14 year olds)
8pm - 9pm (15+ year olds)
leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or alan.crooks@irishfa.com
Cliftonville TBC Cliftonville TBC Cliftonville TBC
Disability Clubs  We are currently supporting the development of two disability clubs in Belfast - Trailblazers and Belfast Deaf United.  Girdwood Hub (Trailblazers) Every Friday 7pm - 9pm  
Belvoir Boys Brigade Pitches (Belfast Deaf United) Every Wednesday  7pm - 9pm
Walking Football We have recently started a new walking football 'drop in session' at Olympia Leisure Centre.

Would you like to join a walking football group in Belfast? Or are you a part of a walking football group in Belfast that you would like to tell us about?
Olympia Leisure Centre Every Tuesday 10am - 11am leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or kris.lindsay@irishfa.com
U12 Futsal 
(drop in session) 
We have recently started a U12 futsal (drop in sessions) at Olympia. 
Open to boys and girls in P6, P7 and Year 8.
Olympia Leisure Centre Every Thursday   5pm - 6pm leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or 
kris.lindsay@irishfa@com
U12 Futsal league  We hope to start a U12 (mixed) Futsal league in Olympia Leisure Centre. 
Open to clubs, youth clubs etc.
We would like to hear from you, if your club has an U12 Futsal team that would like to be a part of the league. Or if you would like support to set up a new U12 Futsal team.
Olympia Leisure Centre Coming soon in 2018 Coming soon in 2018  leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or kris.lindsay@irishfa.com
U12 Futsal school tasters  Is your school or youth group interested in receiving free futsal taster sessions for P6, P7 or Year 8 pupils?
Contact us to be added to a waiting list.
We will try to accommodate at a venue that suits you We will try to accommodate on a day that suits you We will try to accommodate at a time that suits you leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk
Schools Quality Mark Accreditation  This accreditation scheme is part of the Irish FA's 'Let them Play' strategy, which strives to create and improve structures for football in schools and further build capacity for football in schools.
Is your school interested? If you are a Belfast based school we would like to hear from you. 
At your school We will try to accommodate on a day that suits you  We will try to accommodate at a time that suits you leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or ross.redman@irishfa.com

SCBI Action Plan

Lynne Wilson, Sports Development Officer outlines the three main themes that will guide the implementation of the SCBI’s Action Plan. Local community representatives from schools, clubs and community organisations who have taken part SCBI programmes share their experience and outline how SCBI has benefited them. IFA foundation staff also outline programmes available through SCBI and invite more local people to get involved.

Sport in the Community Conference

A snap-shot of the Sport in the Community conference held in January 2019, keynote speaker Michael Arends tells us about his club SV Werder Bremen Football Club, Germany and the social responsibility programmes that they deliver. There was also an opportunity to learn about the 20x20 women in sport campaign from MC Denise Watson, an ambassador for Women’s Football in Northern Ireland who shared her experience as a parent of two girls that play sport, highlighting the social impact that sport has in bringing kids together from different backgrounds. Other speakers included Pat McGibbon, former professional footballer and Northern Ireland international, who focussed on mental health in sport and Alan Nixon, IFA Education and Empowerment Officer, who covered the importance of a coach development pathway.