New programme to help everybody get active!

Published: 31st May 2016

A new programme to help people from across the district get active more often has been launched by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Sport NI.

Every Body Active 2020 is a four year programme which will offer quality activity opportunities for people who do not usually participate in physical activity.

The activity programme is a Sport NI initiative which is part funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Speaking at the launch of the Every Body Active 2020 programme at the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly said the Every Body Active 2020 programme would play a key role in delivering one of the key objectives in the Council’s Corporate Plan; to develop the sports leisure and recreation infrastructure and the provision of physical activity opportunities with a focus on specific target groups.

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to working in partnership with other statutory, community and voluntary organisations to deliver programmes which enhance the quality of life of the people of the district,” said Councillor O’Reilly.

“I am confident that the Every Body Active 2020 programme will offer people the opportunity to follow a pathway to sustained participation in sport and leisure,” he added.

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.”

The Every Body Active 2020 programme will provide activity opportunities across the community while focusing on specific target groups, identified by Sport NI, including children from moving from primary to post primary education; young people leaving education; people living in areas of greatest social need; those retiring from work; women and girls; and people with disabilities.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council activity coaches will work within local communities to help break down barriers to physical activity and create quality opportunities for local people to get active.

For further information on the Every Body Active 2020 programme please contact Billie-Jo Irwin, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 0300 303 1777 or email billie-jo.irwin@fermanaghomagh.com.

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