CANI News Splash January 2021, Edition 2

Sport NI Project Reboot

Team Up – £10k to £25k Funding Opportunity for Clubs

“Collaborations & Partnerships”

Sport NI has launched a new funding programme on 8th January as part of Supporting Sport to Build Back Better, a multi-strand approach to support the sporting system as a long term strategic response to the impact of Covid-19 on sport across Northern Ireland.  For further details on Build Back Better and its strands click here .

Project Reboot: Team Up was launched on 8th January 2021 within the innovation strand of Build Back Better.  It is designed to enable grant investment in new and innovative projects intended to support the engagement and re-engagement of participants into sport from 1st April 2021  31st March 2022 with a focus on partnership and engagement aimed at sports clubs and organisations enabling sport.

To be eligible to apply organisations must be one of the following:

  • A constituted sports club which is affiliated to a governing body of sport recognised by Sport NI (you can find the most recent list of recognised governing bodies on our website here .

(Please Note: Paddle Clubs not currently affiliated to CANI can affiliate online here.)

  • A community/voluntary sector organisation that delivers or enables sport and/or physical recreation as your primary activity. Sports and activities must be recognised by Sport NI.
  • A charitable trust that delivers or enables sport and/or physical recreation as your primary activity. Sports and activities must be recognised by Sport NI.

Project Re-Boot comprises of three levels of investment.  The strand launched on 8th January 2021 is Team-Up which is the larger scale awards from £10,000 up to £25,000 with collaboration and partnership working the key component. 


While there is no requirement for partnership funding, applicants must demonstrate that they will work with partners to deliver the project.   


Partners may contribute resources to the project (either directly or in-kind) or may be involved in project delivery or provide other types of support.  Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of how they will work in partnership through letters of support.  This is a requirement for the larger awards (Team-Up).

Sport NI would encourage applicants to be mindful of the size/scope of project they wish to deliver and apply for the appropriate level of support.  The other investment strands will be launched in early Spring and Summer 2021.


Further details on the Project Re-Boot Team-Up programme, including the information and guidance, can be found on the Sport NI website here .

Information Sessions

There are three online information sessions on

  • Tuesday 12th January 2021 at 11am
  • Wednesday 13th January 2021 at 7pm
  • Wednesday 20th January 2021 at 3pm

Register on the Sport NI website here.

Mary Peters Trust “Mask Out to Help Out

– Ali McCreery

CANI Canoe Slalom athlete, Ali McCreery, who is part of the Canoeing Ireland performance programme, wears his Mary Peters Trust snood to support the “Mask Out to Help Out” initiative.  Ali said;

“The support I have received from the Mary Peters Trust has been critical to my development throughout my career. As in any sport, competition experience is vital in canoe slalom, and thanks to the Mary Peters Trust, I have been able to attend international races all over Europe.”

CANI members can purchase their own Mary Peters Trust snood to support the “Mask Out to Help Out” initiative and please click here for further details.

Volunteer Now 

– Attracting & Selecting Volunteers Online Training

Volunteer Now are delighted to announce the release of their new online training course Attracting & Selecting Volunteers! Volunteer Now have been working tirelessly in the last few months & believe you will enjoy your online learning experience.

The course offers a comprehensive overview of good practice and is tremendous value for money at £45 plus VAT per person, with a certificate on completion.  It is not time consuming – an average 3 hours of learning.  It is user friendly and is suitable for those organisations, volunteer managers, co-ordinators or anyone who manages and involves volunteers on a regular basis.

For further details please click here .

Canoe Wales CEO Opportunity

Acorn Executive Search is working in partnership with Canoe Wales to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer to provide inspiring leadership for their staff team and develop the partnerships and programmes needed to get more people on the water and ensure a sustainable future for the organisation.

As a small organisation with a unique work culture, this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced senior leader. They have a policy of fully-flexible home working, where employees have the freedom to set their own hours to deliver their objectives. While most of your work will be done from home, you will also need to travel throughout Wales from time to time to meet with staff or partners, attend events and represent Canoe Wales. You do not need to have a background in paddlesport – what matters most is your ability to bring inspiring leadership to a talented team.

Closing date 25th January 2021.

See more here.

Canoe Wales Part Time Lead Safeguarding Officer Opportunity

Canoe Wales is seeking a new Lead Safeguarding Officer to ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards in our approach to safeguarding and child protection.  You will have the primary responsibility for the initial management and investigation of all safeguarding concerns for both adults and children and for ensuring the implementation and regular review of procedures to safeguard children and adults in the organisation.  You will be a visible source of support and advice for club safeguarding officers.

You will report directly to the CEO and will work closely with the Canoe Wales Safeguarding Case Management Group and the Board of Director’s Safeguarding Lead.

Closing date 31st January 2021.

For further details click here