This week marked the official launch of a new sports engagement programme designed to tackle physical inactivity, ‘Sport NI Every Body Active 2020 Belfast’, at Belfast City Hall.

Representatives from a number of sports organisations, schools and community groups joined Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell, Sport NI Acting Director of Participation John News and special guests rugby players Andrew Trimble, Rodney Ah You, Niamh Cooper, NI international netball player and international athlete Amy Foster for a healthy breakfast, and to learn more about how they could get involved.

Belfast City Council has secured £1.5 million of National Lottery Funding to deliver Sport Northern Ireland’s Every Body Active 2020 programme which aims to encourage everyone to be more active, more often.

They’ve engaged 12 delivery partners from Athletics NI to Ulster Badminton and a host of others in between who will, through 15 separate citywide programmes, offer a wide range of fantastic active experiences.

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Mary Ellen Campbell said: “We’ve set out in The Belfast Agenda that we want Belfast to be a city where everyone experiences good health and wellbeing – and taking part in sport and physical activity is a key way of helping to make sure that we keep fit and well, both physically and mentally.

“We’re especially keen to increase the number of women and girls, people with a disability and those in areas of greatest social need taking part. But not only that, we want to help them enjoy, engage in and excel at their chosen sport. Whatever your age and wherever you’re from, come on, join in and get your body active!”

It’s easy to get involved. Simply register at www.eba2020.net, get active (whether that’s walking, cycling, running, swimming, aerobics or a sport of your choice) and record your activity sessions online.

For more information, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/everybodyactive