Active Belfast supports 30 more Physical Activity programmes

04/06/2014

The programmes are covering the areas of walking, cycling, capacity building and accessing places.

The announcement was made at the third annual Active Belfast workshop, hosted by the Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP), which took place today (Tuesday 3 June).

The aim of the workshop was to bring together key stakeholders on Active Belfast to explore improved ways of working. At the event, attendees looked at the challenges facing organisations working in physical activity and to encourage working together better.

On her first engagement as Belfast’s new Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon, welcomed attendees to the workshop and told of her support for the Active Belfast initiative.

She said: “Active Belfast - under the Belfast Strategic Partnership - will work to continue to address the life inequalities that exist in this city, and one way we can do this is by leading a more active lifestyle. Walking and cycling are the easiest forms of activity to build into our daily lives and help get us all a little more active every day. These physical activity programmes are a significant opportunity to get more people, more active, more often - and I encourage Belfast citizens to get involved.”

Speaking at the workshop, Chairman of the Active Belfast Partnership, Andrew Hassard encouraged everyone to work together to achieve the best outcomes for Belfast citizens: “The challenge for us all today is to consider how we can continue to be innovative, how we can better work together and how we can involve people to be more active and healthier. Everyone deserves the best health possible and we can help them achieve that by providing the right opportunities and support.”

For more information on Active Belfast, please contact Andrew Steenson, Active Belfast Senior Project Officer on tel: 028 9050 2073 or email: Andrew.steenson@bhdu.org