As many as 38 local sports clubs are set to benefit from £4k each in funding as part of a new programme.
Lidl's Community Works Sport for Good initiative, being backed by MMA star Leah McCourt, Commonwealth Games gold medal winning gymnast Rhys McClenaghan and four-time Paralympic Games gold medal winner Bethany Firth, will aim to provide the clubs with key equipment to ensure more young people are able to get involved in sport.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, as many as one in four young people in Northern Ireland are struggling with mental health issues.
Lidl's aim is to use sport to help self-esteem, body confidence and the ability to deal with peer pressure as well as improving social skills.
“Participating in sport is incredibly important for emotional and physical health," said Leah McCourt. "It can build confidence, leadership and social skills. Youth sporting clubs are vitally important for community life and I would encourage everyone to get behind the Sport for Good programme to give more young people the chance to experience the benefits which participation in sport can bring. It’ll make a real difference.”
Winning clubs will receive brand new training accessories as well as £4,000 to secure all the essential equipment they need to keep them on track and improve their game.
With one winning club per store, Lidl shoppers can nominate their favourite youth sports club using a 10-digit code from any Lidl receipt. Once you've got your code, visit the dedicated Community Works page here to submit your nomination before the closing date of Thursday 30th May 2019.
“Our mission is to encourage young people to make the most of the physical and mental benefits when taking part in sports," said Conor Boyle, Regional Director for Lidl Northern Ireland.
"We’re honoured to be joined by three inspiring athletes to launch this significant initiative today which can help change and shape the lives of the younger generation.
"We would like to take this opportunity to encourage our customers to get involved and nominate their favourite club online using their Lidl receipt.”
The Sport for Good initiative forms part of Lidl Northern Ireland’s longstanding ‘Community Works’ programme which first launched in 2014. Committed to providing local support, Lidl Community Works has engaged with over 750 community groups to date.
Last year, Lidl Northern Ireland raised more than £420,000 for local charities and community groups, including its National charity partner NSPCC Northern Ireland.