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Mid Ulster District Council launches Everybody Active 2020 programme

12 October 2016

A new programme to help people throughout the district get active more often has been launched by Mid Ulster District Council in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland.

Everybody Active 2020 programme, is a four year programme which aims to increase quality opportunities for people who do not usually participate in physical activity.  Those identified by Sport Northern Ireland, include women and girls, people with a disability and people livings in areas of high social need.

Councilor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council said,

“We are delighted to be working alongside Sport Northern Ireland to help deliver a real step change in activity levels here in Mid Ulster. And we are passionate about getting people of all ages and abilities to play sport and exercise more regularly, which can make a big contribution to tackling inactivity and improving health and wellbeing.  Equally we understand that there are people who would like to be more active, but for some busy lifestyles and other barriers can make it very challenging.”

Discussing how this new programme will be implemented he said, “As part of Mid Ulster District Council’s Corporate Development Plan we are committed to providing the right information, support, opportunities and environment to help improve health and well-being and reduce inequalities.  With a focus more on the needs of individuals, families and groups’ we aim to raise activity levels for everyone throughout the district.”

As part of the programme dedicated activity coaches have been appointed and will work within the local community to help make physical activity an easy and accessible choice for everyone.

Sport Northern Ireland Interim Chair, Brian Delaney commented:

“Sport NI is delighted to be investing over £6m of National Lottery funding in the 11 District Councils across Northern Ireland. By working together over the next 4 years on the delivery of Strand 1 of Every Body Active 2020 we will begin to see real changes in sport and physical activity participation – especially amongst women and girls, people with a disability and those in areas of greatest social need. We look forward to seeing the impact of our investment for people in our communities, helping them to enjoy, engage and excel in sport and leading to a population which is more active more often.”

For further information on the Every Body Active 2020 programme and events taking place in the Mid Ulster area please contact Leigh Gilmore, Sports Development Officer at Mid Ulster District Council on leigh.gilmore@midulstercouncil.org .

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