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.

Vision

“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.”

About EMSONI

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

BBC NI UNSUNG HERO 2020

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

ACROSS THE PITCH

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

BELFAST HARBOUR COMMUNITY AWARDS FUND
We are so happy to be named as one of the recipients of @belfastharbour community award fund to support one of our projects for summer 2021.
#belfastharbourcommunityawards #EMSONI

Our Chair's @AbayomiKanmi letter to @irishnews on one of the major issues around equality of opportunity for all in NI, as it affects sport refugees, got published today. @SportNINet @ExecOfficeNI @EqualityCommNI @NI_CRC @InfoAcson @nwmforum @HAPANI1 @STogetherNI. @andygeorgeni

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