NGB Recognition Process

Sport Ireland operates a formal recognition process for organisations wishing to become eligible for support as Governing Bodies of Sport. The recognition criteria establish minimum requirements for all organisations wishing to apply to Sport Ireland for recognition, and in turn receive support and, where additional Sport Ireland criteria may be met, financial investment from Sport Ireland.

Sport Ireland currently recognises over 60 NGBs of sport. The majority of NGBs receive financial investment and support services on an annual basis from Sport Ireland.

A key focus of Sport Ireland is to assist NGBs to develop sustainable and effective structures to facilitate increased numbers of participants and volunteers in sport. 

Sport Ireland appreciates that there are wider benefits accorded to sporting organisations as a result of the recognition as an NGB both in Ireland and internationally and is cognisant of these benefits when deciding on an organisations application for recognition.

For further information on the Recognition Process & Criteria please download the Brochures below or contact the Sport Ireland NGB Unit at    or on 01 -8608800