A New Sport and Physical Activity Strategy for Northern Ireland Consultation

Closed 14 May 2021

Opened 26 Feb 2021


This questionnaire, in conjunction with the consultation document represents a key step in developing a new, cross-departmental Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity for Northern Ireland to cover the next ten years and beyond.

Why your views matter

The proposed strategy for Sport and Physical Activity will build on the foundations established by ‘Sport Matters - The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2009 – 2019’.

The new strategic approach detailed in the consultation document has been prepared by the Department for Communities and seeks to provide a framework for a cross-departmental,  ambitious and comprehensive approach to promoting participation in sport and physical activity across all sectors of our society. 

LInk to consultation document

The consultation document has been developed following an extensive pre-consultation exercise involving sports Governing Bodies, Government Departments, District Councils and community and voluntary groups.  The co-design approach has helped to inform and direct the Project Team in developing the proposed vision, themes and goals as detailed in the document.

The outputs from focus groups, interviews and an on-line survey have provided a particularly comprehensive, rich and up to date evidence base to support the development of the new strategic approach. It is supported by extensive review and research work undertaken by a team of independent experts. 

Now is the time for us to seek your views to assist with finalising the new strategy and to report back to all our stakeholders asking that all important question:-

this is what you’ve told us, have we heard you correctly?

Each of the sections of the consultation document focuses on a key theme and a range of priorities which will inform the development of an action plan. 

When published the new strategy will help inform and guide the Executive’s policies and priorities in relation to sport and physical activity over the next 10 years and beyond. It will enable sport and physical activity to contribute more effectively to the outcomes within the new Programme for Government and the delivery of New Decade, New Approach.

The current Covid crisis has shown, more than ever, the importance of sport and physical activity to health and wellbeing. This questionnaire seeks your views on key structural elements of the strategy such as the draft Vision, the key strategic themes and the goals that will form the basis of the Sport and Physical Activity Strategy.

Your responses to the content of this consultation will make an important contribution to finalising the new strategy. That final draft will be presented to the Executive for their endorsement in advance of publication.

Please note:- If you were part of the stakeholder engagement process during 2020 you may wish to by-pass questions 4-7 or alternatively you can respond to all the questions as you desire. If you are engaging with the process for the first time we welcome your input on all eleven questions. 


The information you provide in completing this survey will be controlled and processed in line with Data Protection Legislation by the DfC and its Communications Unit. To find out more about how we handle your personal information, DfC’s Privacy Notice can be viewed online at www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-privacy-notice. In order to facilitate the survey, Citizen Space, which is not operated by DfC, is used as a data processor. Details of Citizen Space's privacy policy can be found online at www.delib.net/legal/privacy_policy. Individuals will not be identifiable from the results; some comment within responses to this consultation may be disclosed, although they will not attributed to anyone.

An Easy Read Verison is avaiable here.

If you wish to complete a word version of this questionnaire please email Strategy2020@communities-ni.gov.uk to request a copy.


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