What We Do and Who Are We

What We do

Northern Ireland Deaf Sports (NIDS) is committed to providing equality of opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing people through sport/recreation. NIDS works with key partners to remove barriers and provide communication support as well as raising awareness of deaf/disability sport. NIDS currently offers participation opportunities across 9 different sports: football, badminton, bowls, tennis, swimming, golf, athletics, rugby and walking.

As well as increasing participation in sport, NIDS also aims to develop talent with many of our members achieving success at International competitions all over the world. We work with key partners to source funding opportunities to assist individuals and deaf sports clubs to develop. NIDS also provides support for deaf people who wish to become involved with mainstream sports clubs.

A further aim of NIDS is to educate Deaf people with sport specific coaching qualifications and governance/legislation skills to inspire future generations to continue the development of deaf sport.

Partner Organisations include:

  • Sport NI
  • Disability Sports NI
  • Belfast City Council
  • Irish FA
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • National Deaf Children’s Society
  • Action Deaf Youth
  • British Deaf Association
  • Mary Peters Trust
  • Hilton Hotel Belfast

Who Are We

The NIDS committee consists of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, President plus one representative from each of the Deaf Sports Group/Club/Society:

Chairman: Michael Johnston

Secretary: Vacant

Treasurer: Barry Campbell

Honorary President: Alfred Hagan

Badminton: Vacant

Basketball (Ladies): Holly Lane

Bowls: Christina Walls

Football: Connell McGinley

Golf: David Marston

Running: Naomi Broughton

Swimming: Daniel Voss

Tennis: Anthony Sinclair

Deaf Sports Ulster: Orla Waide


NIDS has an equal opportunities policy and supports cross-community interaction.