Strategic Partners

Originally our work was largely directed by four ‘core funders’ namely; Sport Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Tourism Northern Ireland and Inland Waterways Branch of the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, these organisations funding our day to day running and staff costs. With significant cuts in government funding, this is no longer the case.  We are now delivering our strategic not-for-profit role under a number of new arrangements including delivering for Strategic Partners and Consortiums, through Service Level Agreements and on a project by project basis.


As one of the organisations that proposed our establishment back in 1999, Sport NI continues to recognise us as a strategic partner to deliver on key objectives of Sport Matters: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation, 2009-2019 and Our Great Outdoors: The Outdoor Recreation Action Plan for Northern Ireland 2013 -2020. Key areas of focus are:
  • supporting partnerships and sharing best practice
  • developing local mountain biking trails and community trail networks
  • increasing opportunities to volunteer
  • employing innovative approaches to provide information on outdoor recreation opportunities, particularly to disadvantaged groups.
Tourism NI provides funding to us through its Strategic Partnership Grant Scheme to assist in delivering its Unique Outdoors Experiential Pillar. Key areas of focus are:
  • recruiting, curating and providing accurate and up-to-date information for
  • creating engaging content for web and social media
  • delivering journalist familiarisation trips
  • raising awareness of its Welcome Schemes to industry stakeholders
The Inland Waterways Unit of the Department for Infrastructure has identified us as a strategic partner to help increase outdoor recreation participation particularly in disadvantaged communities. Key areas of focus are:
  • supporting partnerships
  • sharing best practice
  • developing community trail networks
  • increasing opportunities to volunteer
  • using innovative approaches to provide information on local outdoor recreation opportunities, particularly Northern Ireland's Canoe Trails
Although Northern ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) no longer core funds us, we have received funding through its competitive Natural Environment Fund grant programme. Key areas of focus are:
  • supporting partnerships
  • sharing best practice
  • raising environmental awareness
  • supporting the Ulster Way and long-distance walking trails using volunteers
  • developing community trail networks
  • promoting local recreation opportunities across Northern Ireland particularly for walking and cycling.

Service Level Agreements

We are engaging with Northern Ireland’s new super councils to establish Service Level Agreements to target our dedicated expertise to enable councils to achieve their outdoor recreation potential. Current Service Level Agreements include:


Key areas of focus:
  • Delivery of Consortium
  • Delivery of Consortium
  • Community Trail Plans - Slieve Croob and The Mournes
  • Trail Designer Procurement - Rostrevor Forest
Key areas of focus:
  • Development of Darkley Forest
  • Development of Gosford Forest Park
  • Feasibility study to develop a white water canoe trail on Upper Bann
  • Rewrite and reprint of Blackwater Canoe Trail guide


We will continue to identify opportunities where the establishment and facilitation of a consortium is the most viable and cost-effective delivery approach for developing, managing and marketing specific projects.  We currently deliver the MountainBikeNI Consortium and WalkNI Marketing Consortium which are partnerships between a range of local councils with the aim to increase local participation and to drive tourism via the respective activities.


Project by Project

We will continue to seek partnerships with the public, private and voluntary / community sector on a project by project basis, applying for work which is relevant to delivering our key objectives.

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