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Video: Getting Belfast fit! Sport stars help launch new programme to get the city active


A new sports engagement programme designed to tackle physical inactivity, ‘Sport NI Every Body Active 2020 Belfast’, was launched on Tuesday at Belfast City Hall.

Representatives from a number of sports organisations, schools and community groups joined Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell, Chairman of Sport NI George Lucas and special guests rugby players Andrew Trimble and Rodney Ah You, Sophie Thomas, Ulster Squash, Niamh Cooper, NI international netball player and international athlete Amy Foster for a healthy breakfast, and to learn more about how they could get involved.

Belfast City Council has secured £1.5 million of National Lottery Funding to deliver Sport Northern Ireland’s Every Body Active 2020 programme which aims to encourage everyone to be more active, more often.

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Mary Ellen Campbell said: “We’ve set out in The Belfast Agenda that we want Belfast to be a city where everyone experiences good health and wellbeing – and taking part in sport and physical activity is a key way of helping to make sure that we keep fit and well, both physically and mentally.

“We’re especially keen to increase the number of women and girls, people with a disability and those in areas of greatest social need taking part. But not only that, we want to help them enjoy, engage in and excel at their chosen sport. Whatever your age and wherever you’re from, come on, join in and get your body active!”

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