The Voice of Ethnic Minority Sports in Northern Ireland

As the voice of ethnic minority sports in Northern Ireland, we echo migrants’ views on sports and wellbeing with the focus to strengthen the system with a renewed sense of optimism – moving our society from what it is towards what it could be. We serve the sport interest of ethnic minority community with the aim to eliminate barriers against sports participation and performance, to address sport as a means for social welfare, and to reduce racial inequalities in sports by playing a significant role trying to influence and lobby the government for better and equitable policies that represent the sports needs of all migrants in Northern Ireland.


“Strengthening Shared Sustainable Sporty Society.”

Mission Statement

“A megaphone of a society that is sports-friendly, recreative, all-inclusive, diversified and fair to all – where people from different ethnicities can regularly participate in the same sports and physical activities without any discrimination.”


EMSONI is the first and the leading community-driven multi-sports organisation for the development of ethnic minority sports in Northern Ireland with the aim of diversifying the face of sports. Our approach is to use the medium of sports to integrate migrants within the ethnic minority community and with the local communities in Northern Ireland. As the voice of ethnic minority sports in Northern Ireland, we echo migrants’ views on sports and wellbeing with the focus to strengthen the system with a renewed sense of optimism – moving our society from what it is towards what it could be.

EMSONI is an independent, and non-profit organisation, every pound earned by the organisation is reinvested in the work of the organisation.

Our Projects

Every project is an opportunity for us to use sport as a tool to deliver innovative and far-reaching wellbeing and social development initiatives.

GOALS: Go Out Appreciate Learn Sports: Designed to introduce people to different sporting activities in a more relaxed and safe atmosphere and remain active in sports and physical activities.

SCORES: Sustaining Cohesive Open Research-based Exchange on Sports: Provide forums to engage in regular and cutting-edge conversations on sport and wellbeing, and foster an inclusive culture that embraces diversity and inclusion.

Not Alone: A place of sanctuary where diverse people, especially the newcomers and the isolated, can seek refuge through sports.

In The News


Adekanmi Abayomi, founder of EMSONI, is the winner of 2020 BBC Sports Personality of The Year Unsung Hero Award for Northern Ireland. Read more


EMSONI is a multi-sport organisation helping ethnic minorities play sports at local and national levels to build bridges across communities.

  • UEFA Super Cup Tours Northern Ireland Confederation Cup
    With exactly 3 days to go until Belfast hosts the UEFA Super Cup between Chelsea FC and Villarreal FC, the Irish Football Association has agreed to bring the UEFA Super Cup Trophy to our Northern Ireland Confederation Cup 2021 at the Ulidia Playing Field (The […]
  • EMSONI hosts 2021 Northern Ireland Confederation Cup in honour of Noah Donohoe
    EMSONI – Ethnic Minority Sports Organisation NI are gratified with the 2nd hosting of Northern Ireland Confederation Cup 2021. This annually held intercommunity social development 11 aside football tournament will stretch over eight active weeks and will take place at both the Olympia Park and […]
  • Northern Ireland Confederation Cup 2021
    Venue Olympia Park & Ulidia Park Belfast Date 4th July 2021 – 28th August 2021 Time 1.00pm Participating Teams Eritrea Community NI Ghanaian Community NI Homeless Community NI (Street Soccer) International Community NI Limestone Community NI Nigerian Community NI North Africans Community NI Polish Community […]
  • Our Volunteer Recognised for His Good Samaritan Service
    The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Nicholas Trimble, hosted a virtual 2021 Mayor’s Community Awards recently where our Founder and Executive Chairman, Adekanmi Abayomi, was announced as a Runner-Up of the Good Samaritan Award 2021 to exemplify his extraordinary concern for others, […]
  • Inspiring Futures Project for Young People
    EMSONI – Ethnic Minority Sports Organisation Northern Ireland is organising Inspiring Futures project in partnership with Rio Ferdinand Foundation to build capacities in ethnic minority young people in Belfast with the aim of creating career pathways for young people. For registration please email Abena Poku-Aduse
  • Abena Gyamfuaa Aduse-Poku Appointed to Lead our Inspiring Futures Project
    EMSONI is pleased to welcome Abena as the lead worker of our inspiring futures project in Belfast in partnership with Rio Ferdinand Foundation and funded by BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation to create career pathways for our young people. Abena joins our […]

On behalf of our volunteers and board, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Looking forward to the new year 2022 with great excitement with you all.

Thank you for the support. ❤️ U ALL

Great to facilitate @RangersFC Racism and Sports Workshop last week Friday with over 20 young people at @UlsterUni Coleraine campus. Many thanks to @philcowen75 for collaboration.

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