Clubs urged to apply for £50,000 sports fund

CLUBS in County Down are being encouraged to apply for funding from a new £50,000 sports development fund.

The fund, called the Play it Forward Fund, has been launched by full fibre broadband provider, Fibrous, and is available to sports clubs across Northern Ireland and Cumbria.

The fund is designed to support grassroots sports in regional and rural communities, offering up to £1,000 per club to help with equipment, kits, improving facilities and subsiding training fees.

Strangford Coastal Rowing club received a £1,000 donation in 2023, allowing it to purchase life jackets for its young members, which helped to keep membership fees low and reduce barriers which might deter young people from taking up the sport.

The next round of funding is now open and the application window will close on July 5.

To learn more about the full eligibility criteria and how to apply to the Fibrus Play it Forward Fund, visit