Sports developmentBelfast currently has poor levels of health compared to the rest of Northern Ireland, so encouraging people to keep fit, and increasing access to physical activity, is very important.
In this section, you can:
- check what's available in our leisure centres, parks and sports pitches
- read our Physical Activity and Sports Development Strategy for Belfast, which we've worked with other agencies to develop
- learn about the Active Communities programme which offer free sports and activities in venues across Belfast
- check whether you're eligible for our active lifestyle programmes
- get information about our coach education scheme and Belfast Clubmark programme for sports clubs
- find out about financial support available to sports clubs, through our Support for Sport programme
- see what major sports events we have funded.
Physical Activity and Sports Development StrategyWe work with a range of partners to encourage people to stay fit and healthy. For example, the council is a lead partner in Sport Belfast, a partnership which also includes:
- Sport Northern Ireland
- Belfast Community Sports Development Network (BCSDN)
- Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB)
- Queen's University, Belfast
- University of Ulster
- Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
- Health Promotion Agency
- Northern Ireland Sports Forum and other governing bodies
- Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)
- Coaching Northern Ireland
- Boys' Brigade
- Boys' and Girls' Clubs Northern Ireland (BGCNI)
- Disability Sports Northern Ireland
- Groundwork Northern Ireland
- Belfast Metropolitan College.
- Download Physical Activity and Sports Development Strategy (Word - 185KB)
- partnership - encouraging effective co-ordination and communication between the strategy's partners
- capacity - developing community, volunteer and club involvement in sport
- facilities - making sure Belfast has the 'right' facilities in the 'right' places
- participation - boosting participation in sports
- performance - looking at ways in which performance can be developed.
- supporting schools and third-level institutions
- building sustainable club and community development
- raising the profile of sport and physical activity in Belfast
- promoting health and physical activity
- developing coaches and volunteers
- supporting leisure centres to become development and community-focused
- developing 'pathways to performance'.
For more information about sports development, call our Leisure Development Unit on 028 9027 0344 or email email@example.com