Sport NI Launches ‘Defibrillators for Sport’ Initiative

The Department for Communities and Sport Northern Ireland have launched a new initiative to provide life-saving defibrillators to sports clubs.

The intended purpose is to increase the number of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices available in community settings. This initiative supports the Department of Health’s Community Resuscitation Strategy and therefore strengthens the ‘Chain of Survival’ link in both rural and urban areas.


Almost 300 AED devices will be distributed amongst sports clubs. With these additional devices, it is envisaged that Public Access Defibrillation will increase, supporting the Community Resuscitation Strategy whilst widening and strengthening the ‘chain of survival’.

Who Can Apply

Sports clubs are welcome to apply. Even if your club/organisation already possesses a defibrillator, you may be eligible to receive a new AED through this initiative.

Clubs already possessing a defibrillator

The Community Resuscitation Strategy has identified the need to increase provision of AEDs in community settings and this survey will gauge the requirement from a sporting perspective. If your club already has an AED, devices obtained prior to 2005 should be considered obsolete and measures should be taken to replace such equipment. Accordingly, clubs with older devices will be eligible to apply for a new AED.

How to Apply

Download the Guidance Notes.

Register your interest now via our survey.


This should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Key Dates

The survey is currently OPEN and interested parties can apply until 12noon on 12 August 2016.

For further information on Defibrillators for Sport please contact:

  • Conleth Donnelly – 028 9038 3233
  • Jeff Aicken – 028 9038 3862