Sports Advisory Association nets £10k windfall

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AN organisation which promotes and develops sport in the Antrim area has been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The small grants programme is awarding £10,000 to the Antrim Sports Advisory Association as part of a grants roll-out of £647,422 to 83 groups across Northern Ireland.

Awards for All offers community, voluntary and statutory groups the chance to apply for small grants of between £500 and £10,000 that will have a big impact on local communities and the lives of people most in need.

The association, which encourages local people to get involved in sports and activities and provides support and advice for a network of local groups, will use the grant to create an outdoor fitness trail on the banks of the Six Mile Water River, running from Antrim Forum to the Lough Shore Park.

The trail will give local people the chance to try out fitness equipment such as balance beams and high bars as they enjoy a walk or run along the route, activities that will help to boost their health and fitness.

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said: “The Big Lottery Fund’s NI Awards for All programme funds health, education, environment and community projects that help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.

“The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making it easy for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at For more details call 028 9055 1455, or email

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