National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) are identified in A New Era for Sport as key delivery agencies for the Council's strategic priorities. The Council works in partnership with NGBs to make them more effective in developing their sport and servicing the needs of their members. The Irish Sports Council sees NGBs contributing to the achievement of our vision mainly through the "developing abilities" and "world class" strategies, although some also have the resources to contribute to local participation initiatives.
With their member clubs and affiliates, NGBs organise and administer most of the organised sport in Ireland; they train and deploy coaches; they organise representative level sport; and they provide sporting opportunities and pathways leading from local sport to national and international competition. Core funding is used to support NGBs in the areas of Strategic Planning, Administration; Information technology; Competitions; Equipment, Coaching and core activities including Code of Ethics and Anti-doping Programmes.
The NGB Unit's responsibilities include: