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Active Belfast supports 30 more Physical Activity programmes

Active Belfast announced today it will support 30 more Physical Activity programmes across Belfast, covering the areas of walking, cycling, capacity building and accessing places.

The announcement was made at the third annual Active Belfast workshop, hosted by the Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP), which took place today (Tuesday 3 June).

The aim of the workshop was to bring together key stakeholders on Active Belfast to explore improved ways of working.  At the event, attendees looked at the challenges facing organisations working in physical activity and to encourage working together better.

On her first engagement as Belfast’s new Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon, welcomed attendees to the workshop and told of her support for the Active Belfast initiative.

She said: “Active Belfast – under the Belfast Strategic Partnership – will  work to continue to address the life inequalities that exist in this city, and one way we can do this is by leading a more active lifestyle. Walking and cycling are the easiest forms of activity to build into our daily lives and help get us all a little more active every day. These physical activity programmes are a significant opportunity to get more people, more active, more often – and I encourage Belfast citizens to get involved.”

Speaking at the workshop, Chairman of the Active Belfast Partnership, Andrew Hassard encouraged everyone to work together to achieve the best outcomes for Belfast citizens: “The challenge for us all today is to consider how we can continue to be innovative, how we can better work together and how we can involve people to be more active and healthier. Everyone deserves the best health possible and we can help them achieve that by providing the right opportunities and support.”

For more information on Active Belfast, please contact Andrew Steenson, Active Belfast Senior Project Officer on tel: 028 9050 2073 or email:


Further Information:

For further information or media enquiries please contact Debbie McGrory, Communications Officer, Belfast Strategic Partnership, on Tel: 9050 2073. Ext. 3795 or email:


Photo Caption:

Taking her first step…pictured at her first engagement as Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon attends the third annual Active Belfast Workshop with Seamus Mullen, Public Health Agency Manager (left) and Andrew Hassard, Active Belfast Chairman (right). Active Belfast announced today it will support 30 more Physical Activity programmes across Belfast.


Notes to Editors:

  1. Active Belfast is a wide ranging and innovative programme of work to improve the activity levels, health and quality of life for all residents of Belfast, regardless of their age, gender, culture or ability.
  1. Funding for Physical Activity programmes has been provided by Belfast City Council and the Public Health Agency.
  1. The Belfast Strategic Partnership is made up of representatives from Belfast City Council, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) and the Public Health Agency, statutory organisations, private sector as well as community and voluntary agencies.
  1. Capacity Building provides a range of training and education opportunities for people in supporting their development.
  1. Accessing Places provides high quality places for all by extending the range and quality of spaces and activities available.


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