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The Northern Ireland Civil Service Sports Association (NICSSA) is the largest public sector sport and leisure organisation in Ireland, with over 11,000 members throughout Northern Ireland.  Its aim is to improve the health and well-being of its members and their families by developing and promoting a wide range of high quality and affordable sporting, leisure and lifestyle opportunities.

This is underpinned by its commitment to increase participation in sport and physical activity by its members and the wider community through the provision of high quality facilities at its site within the Stormont Estate. 

The new PlayBall facility, which has been developed with the support of SportNI boasts 9 state of the art all weather pitches, including 8 multi sport pitches & an international level water based hockey pitch.   PlayBall aims to make a significant contribution to getting people of all abilities and ages to participate in sport from grass roots through to higher level competition.  Everyone is welcome to use the PlayBall facility.  In particular we want to welcome community groups, charities, youth groups, schools, universities, NICSSA members, affiliated clubs, hockey clubs, both professional and amateur football clubs, corporate and public organisations and the general public. 

Based at the Pavilion, Stormont Estate, PlayBall can be easily accessed from the Upper Newtownards Road in the evenings (after 6pm) and at weekends, however mid week (8am – 6pm) access is via Stoney Road, Massey Avenue or the main Stormont Estate entrance.  (Photographic ID will be required).


PlayBall Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 08.30-22.30

Sat 08.30-18.30

Sun 10.30-16.30

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