A strategy launched today will realize its vision of lifelong participation in sport and physical activity, creating an active, healthy, resilient and inclusive society that recognizes and values both participation and excellence, said Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey.
Hargey launches sport and physical activity strategy
‘Active Living’, the new sport and physical activity strategy was launched at an event in Stormont where 240 primary school children had the opportunity to try a range of activities including boccia, GAA sports, Hockey, Cricket, Rugby, Football, Orienteering, Climbing, Skateboarding and Boxing.
At the event, guests heard Olympians Paddy Barnes (boxing) and Shirley McCay (hockey) and Paralympian Claire Taggart (boccia) discuss with Professor Marie Murphy (UUJ) the importance of physical activity and of sport and how it influenced them during their childhood, how they developed their talents and the experiences they had competing at the highest level.
The Minister said:
“The strategy is to get more people, more active, more time. It needs to start with giving children access to more opportunities, exposure to different sports and ensuring they have fun and enjoy a quality experience.
“There is a need to focus not just on competitive sport, but on our communities, where everyone, regardless of ability or gender, has the opportunity to be physically active and potentially successful in competition.”
‘Active Living’ was developed through the engagement of over 200 groups and was refined following extensive public consultation. Using a co-design approach, it took over four years of research, sector engagement, community engagement and consultation.
The Minister concluded,
“I want this strategy to bring change, to challenge the normal approach by removing barriers to inclusion. I want it to boost participation rates by increasing opportunities for as many people as possible to participate in sport and physical activity.
“Our clear and simple goal for the future of sport and physical activity is to get more people, more active, more time.”
A copy of the strategy can be viewed at www.communities-ni.gov.uk
Notes to Editors:
Pic 1 Strandtown Primary School , Belfast, year 7 pupils take part in a hockey training session with Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey during the launch of the new sport and physical activity strategy at the Pavilion, Stormont today.
Pic 2. Castle Gardens School, Newtownards, year 6 pupils take part in a cricket training session with Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey at the launch of the new sport and physical activity strategy at the Pavilion , Stormont today.
Pic 3. Casey Cunningham from Strandtown Primary School, Belfast has fun training with Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey during a boxing training session at the launch of the new sport and education strategy physical activity at the Pavilion, Stormont today. Looking on is Olympic medalist, Paddy Barnes.
Pic 4 Claire Taggart, an Olympic boccia player pictured with Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey and Strandtown Primary School, Belfast, pupils at the launch of the new sport and physical activity strategy at the Pavilion, Stormont today today.
2. ‘Active Living’ will help shape the future of sport and physical activity in Northern Ireland for the next decade and beyond.
3. The Strategy will communicate the benefits of sport and physical activity and will bring long-term benefits to the health of the population, our economy and the educational capacities of children and young people.
4. “Active Living” will be implemented through the 6 key themes around which the strategy is built, namely:
– Pandemic recovery.
– Promote participation, inclusion and community engagement.
– Promote excellence in sport.
– Promote partnership and integration.
– Offer inclusive and shared spaces and places.
– Promote the benefits of sport and physical activity.
5. In developing the strategy, the project team spoke to people from all walks of sport, from academia and, critically, to people from groups who would not normally play sports. sport and physical activity or whose voice may not have been heard before.
6. Achieving the results of this ambitious strategy will be a challenge that requires a collaborative and innovative approach that must include sports organisations, councils, government departments and others, working together, who all understand the importance of working for the good of the sports sector. and more widely. society.
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