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Fibrus plays it forward with launch of £50k fund for sports clubs

All Saints Amateur Boxing Club Ballymena members Tyler Hughes, Caleb Wright and Charlie Williamson

All Saints Amateur Boxing Club Ballymena members Tyler Hughes, Caleb Wright and Charlie Williamson

Northern Irish Full Fibre broadband provider, Fibrus, has today launched its 2024 Play it Forward Fund, and is encouraging sports clubs in Ballymena to apply.

The £50k fund, which is now in its second year and is available to sports clubs around Northern Ireland and Cumbria, 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.

All Saints Amateur Boxing Club in Ballymena received funds to launch a 10-week programme for teenagers.

Brendan Dunne at All Saints Amateur Boxing Club said:

“We used the donation from Fibrus to purchase equipment to develop a 10 week physical activity programme for 30 young people aged 13-18.

“By purchasing this equipment for the club, it ensures we can remove barriers to access for children to take part and allows us to make a positive personal, physical and social change through boxing.”

Linda McMillan, Chief People Officer at Fibrus, said:

“Investing in local communities is one of our core missions at Fibrus and our Play it Forward Fund allows us to play a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of children.

“Sports and clubs are intrinsic to the communities in which we operate, and we are committed to supporting these communities wholly, through both digital connectivity, but also to ensure clubs have access to essential funds to support children’s sports in their area.

“After such a good response to the Fund last year, we are delighted to continue this initiative in 2024 to support grassroots community sports organisations. We are looking forward to the positive impact it will have on local communities in the upcoming year”.

The 2024 Play it Forward Fund comes on the back of Fibrus’ announcement earlier this year that it was making an additional £120,000 of funding available across Northern Ireland and Cumbria through the Fibrus Community Fund, to alleviate digital poverty, underlining the broadband provider’s commitment to the local community.

The next round of funding is now open and the application window will close on the 5th of July 2024.

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


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