The National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) recognised by Sport Ireland are at the centre of Irish sport. They are key delivery agencies to achieve the strategic and operational goals of Sport Ireland. The work of NGBs feeds into and complements the strategic priorities identified in both the National Sports Policy and the Sport Ireland strategy.

Sport Ireland works in partnership with NGBs to make them more effective in developing their sport and servicing the needs of their members. One of the main priorities of Sport Ireland is to strengthen and develop the capabilities of NGBs in Ireland.  The NGB Unit is an advisory Unit for Governing Bodies in areas of governance, change management, strategic planning and procedural issues as well as compliance. This is facilitated through regular liaison meetings with updates from Governing Bodies and advice and support provided by the Unit.

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.

Sport Ireland currently recognises over 60 governing bodies of sport with the majority of them in receipt of financial investment and support services on an annual basis. 

Investing in NGBs

Many NGBs receive funding from Sport Ireland to support their core operations. 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.

Annual funding is determined by previous funding allocations to the NGB within the constraints of the overall level of funds available to Sport Ireland to assist NGBs in a given year.  NGBs are also encouraged to broaden their income bases and have alternate streams of income.

When investing in NGBs Sport Ireland takes into account the national significance of each sport, quality of programmes & operations, levels of participation, membership, volunteerism and social capital.

Sport Ireland expects that NGBs in receipt of significant levels of funding will deliver against Sport Irelands stated aims and wider government policy at a community level.

Sport Ireland also wishes to see a diverse range of sports available to the Irish public and continues to invest in a wide variety of NGBs.  Sport Ireland acknowledges that smaller NGBs will be limited in their capacity to deliver on wider government policy. 


All NGBs are expected to demonstrate that they are fit for purpose and are in compliance with core legal, governance, ethical, operational, risk management and taxation/fiduciary policies.