Northern Ireland sports' kids receive £600,000 cash charity boost
Sport and physical activity will be the focal point of a youth outreach programme which will support some of Northern Ireland's most vulnerable and 'at risk' young people - thanks to a £600,000 funding boost from the Asda Foundation.
The donation to Active Communities Network (ACN) will impact directly on the regions of Northern Ireland which suffer from the highest levels of social deprivation and unemployment.
A six-month pilot project for the scheme saw 500 young people in North and West Belfast engage positively through sporting and activity programmes, with 25% going on to access apprenticeship schemes and work placements.
Active Communities Network will invest the £600,000 donation in new hubs in Coleraine, Omagh and Portadown where over 1500 young people are expected to take part in the programme annually over the next three years.
The Community Life Champions at each of Asda's 17 local stores will also be trained in basic youth work skills, equipping them to work alongside ACN in the delivery of the programme in their local area.