OVER 450 YOUNG PEOPLE ALREADY SIGNED UP TO BELFAST B ACTIVE PROGRAMME
In just three months, the B Active programme has attracted more than 450 new participants, providing young people in Belfast with regular access to sport and activity. This early success was celebrated on Saturday at the inaugural B Active summer showcase event. Taking place at Belfast’s Grosvenor Leisure Centre, over 100 young people and volunteers came together in a celebration of sport and community.
The B Active summer showcase kicked off with the finals of an international themed football tournament that had been taking place in the local communities in weeks prior to the event, and premiership Cliftonville footballer, Joe Gormley, was on hand to present the winners’ awards. There was also a girl’s dance performance by members of the Manchester B Active community – who had joined as part of the scheme’s regional exchange programme – alongside box fit sessions for all attendees.
The B Active programme was launched by Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) and Active Communities Network (ACN) in June, with the aim of improving the lifestyles of young adults aged 16-24 by providing access to sport and physical activity. The goal is to have more than 1,500 young people participating each year and 500 young people volunteering each year with 400 achieving accreditation in recognised qualifications. More than 50% of those now enrolled in the Belfast programme have already achieved accreditation.
Through the B Active programme, young people are supported in leading informal sessions focusing on key health-related issues such as diet, fitness and mental wellbeing. The weekly sessions aim to bring like-minded people together and drive grassroots participation in sport and exercise, helping to achieve the programme’s long-term ambition of engaging and inspiring young people through sport.
Mark Copeland, Head of Programmes of ACN Belfast, concludes: “We decided to host this showcase to bring together the B Active participants and entice newcomers to get involved with the sessions. In just a matter of months, we have steadily built the programme up and it’s really encouraging to see so many of the young people enjoying todays activities. I have no doubt that we will continue to make positive changes in the lives of the young people involved in the programme and we’re grateful to have the investment from Lucozade Ribena Suntory to allow us to make this happen.”
Joe Gormley, professional Cliftonville footballer, enthused: “I was really pleased to see so many young people and young adults from right across Belfast contribute to what will be a great ongoing sports programme.”
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