Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 initiative received high praise from the Commissioner for Children and Young People at the Participation Awards.
The awards, which took place at the Stormont Hotel, are presented to government departments and public bodies who demonstrate they have involved children and young people in planning services and in the decisions that affect their lives.
Judged by a panel of young people, the award winners demonstrate an outstanding commitment to involving children and young people, listening to them, and more importantly acting on their input.
Awarded highly commended for the Activ8 Web Resource, Sport Northern Ireland communicates and engages with young people involved in the wide range of Activ8 projects, all aimed at increasing their participation in sports and physical activity. Schools and individuals were invited to register on the Web Resource to access all written materials, take part in challenges, find out about Activ8 and gain access to a range of other resources including the Activ8 ezine and also to link to social media including Facebook and YouTube.
Acting Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland, Nick Harkness, said:
“Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 programme has evolved considerably since its inception in 2009, with over 100,000 children and young people engaged in the various activities across Northern Ireland. The Activ8 Web Resource enables us to communicate effectively with children and young people and make the most of emerging technology.”
Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney, said:
“These awards are for government departments and public bodies who demonstrate they have involved children and young people in planning services and in the decisions that affect their lives.
“Congratulations are due to Sport NI on being Highly Commended and for their on-going work in involving children and young people in what they do.”
Aaron Gorman, A NICCY Awards Youth Panel, member said:
“The Activ8 project set out to raise awareness of the importance of healthy living and daily exercise for one hour with eight important steps.
“It is clear that through effective participation, Sport Northern Ireland based this service on the actual needs of the young people involved which has created a more efficient and adapted service for young people throughout Northern Ireland.”
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