Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Sport Matters

Sport Matters: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation, 2009 - 2019  can be accessed by clicking on the link here


DCAL, promotes sport in the context of its strategy for sport, "Sport Matters: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation, 2009 - 2019". Sport Matters was developed by DCAL, in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland, and approved by the Northern Ireland Executive in December 2009.

Through Sport Matters DCAL aspires to secure: -

  • a world class start and lifelong involvement in sport and physical recreation for all people
  • world class performances by teams and individuals
  • a sustainable sporting and physical recreation culture that contributes to broader Government objectives

These aspirations, reflecting the sporting context, are expressed in the Sport Matters Vision of: -

'...a culture of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport ...'

As part of the implementation of Sport Matters,a ministerial chaired Sport Matters Monitoring Group, which is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the delivery of Sport Matters, has been established.  Details of the Terms of Reference and membership of the Monitoring Group can be accessed here.

Information relating to  meetings of the Sport Matters Monitoring Group (SMMG)  can be found by clicking on the link here Opens new window

Mid Term Review of Sport Matters Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2009-2019

In April 2005 a Mid Term Review of the Sport Matters Strategy was carried out. The Review Process was inclusive of all key stakeholders including the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee, Executive departments, local authorities, sports governing bodies and representative groups from the voluntary and community sectors. The Mid Term review document can be viewed using the link below and clearly demonstrates the benefits of the Sport Matters Strategy to sport over the last number of years. The Mid Term Review also demonstrates the role of the Strategy in helping to unify our community, through its promotion of equality, its contribution to tackling poverty and social exclusion and its role within health, education and the economy.

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