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Stadium Community Benefits Initiative

  • Stadium Community Benefits Initiative (SCBI) 2016-2026

    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. GAA (Gaelfast) joined the partnership in 2019 with the aim to maximise the potential of Casement Park Stadium.

    The initiative continues for 10 years (2016–2026) and will benefit from £150,000 per year investment. The overarching objective 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 and Gaelic games are currently the main delivery sport of the initiative, we hope that other sports governing bodies will become involved in the future. 

    For more information email or call us on 028 9027 0344.

  • Upcoming programme of activities

    Registration is currently only open for the IFA Grassroots and Safeguarding programmes.

    Belfast City Council residents can take part in the coach education sessions outlined below for free or at subsidised rate (funded via SCBI).

    IFA-led training programmes


    IFA National Coaching Certificate

    UEFA C Diploma

    UEFA B Diploma



    Mental Health First Aid

    Media Training

    Nutrition Workshop

    First Aid

    Register for an IFA-led training programme (link opens in new window)
    GAA-led training programmes

    Foundation Award

    Award 1

    Award 2


    Dermot Early Youth Leadership Programme

    Volunteer Development Programme

    New Horizons' Hurling and Camogie Conference

    Register for a GAA-led training programme (link opens in new window)
  • Ongoing programmes

    Walking football

    Through SCBI a new walking football group in Olympia Leisure Centre was setup in 2017. The group is led by an IFA coach. New participants are always welcome and it is free to attend (funded via SCBI). 

    For more information contact

    Shooting Stars

    SCBI currently supports three IFA Shooting Stars centres in Belfast.

    SCBI offers the first six weeks free for Belfast residents. For information, contact

    The Irish FA Shooting Stars programme, looks to create opportunities for girls (aged four to eleven years) throughout the country to fall in love with football. 

    Venues Dates Times
    Ballysillan Leisure Centre  Tuesdays  4pm - 5pm
    Avoniel Leisure Centre Wednesdays 4pm - 5pm
    Olympia Leisure Centre Thursdays 4pm - 5pm
    West Coming soon 4pm - 5pm
  • 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.

  • Connecting Communities through Sport Conference in 2021

    The Stadium Community Benefits Initiative held a virtual conference on Thursday 25 March, looking at the power of sport in connecting communities.

    Presented by BBC NI Sport presenter, Thomas Niblock, the conference focussed on three themes:

    • Celebrate
    • Educate
    • Inspire

    During the live event, registered attendees heard live discussion from a host of local sports stars, including:

    • ex-Manchester United and former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll,
    • ex-Northern Ireland Ladies footballer and Armagh Harps GAA player Aoife Lennon,
    • current Antrim Hurling star Domhnall Nugent and his manager Darren Gleeson
    • Marissa Callaghan and Kenny Shiels, captain and manager of the Northern Ireland Ladies football team.

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9027 0344

Sports Development, Cecil Ward Building, 8-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP

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