Lisburn City Council's Sports Development Section isresponsible for the provision and promotion of a wide variety of sporting opportunities across the City; which is why Lisburn in the designated European City of Sport for 2013.
The Youth Sport Lisburn Initiative, part-funded by the Council, has provided over twelve thousand coaching opportunities across the City.
The Sports Development Section also helped facilitate numerous training opportunities for sports clubs in a wide variety of areas including child protection, first-aid, club administration and coaching development.
Lisburn Sports Development Unit works specifically to address Sports Development issues and promotion at a community level. The aim is to ensure that as many residents as possible in the City of habve access to facilites, developmental opportunities and coach/administration education courses that are accessible to all and delivered at a local level.
Clubs and community groups within the City can avail of the expertise needed to secure funding to help with areas such as equipment, coach education and capital development.
Lisburn The provision of Summer Schemes throughout the City also falls within the remit of the Sports Development Section. Last year the Council provided Summer activities for young people at 12 venues across the City. Sports, trips, arts and craft projects, led by qualified leaders were delivered to all participants.
The Sports Development Section also takes an active role in many of the internationally recognised sporting events across the City. The section is directly responsible for the Lisburn City Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. Such is the popularity of the event the 10K Road Race is now part of the Northern Ireland Road Racing Championships.