Sporting heroes including Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll and Ulster Rugby Scrum-Half Paul Marshall joined over 1,300 schoolchildren at this week’s ‘Celebration of Sport’ at the Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen.

Organised by the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure and Sport Northern Ireland, the annual event celebrates the athletes and teams from Northern Ireland who have achieved podium finishes in the past year, and the power of sport to inspire, promote positive lifestyles and unite communities.

Local clubs and representatives from a variety of sporting organisations were present during the Celebration event to offer attendees a chance to try a wide range of sports including boxing, archery, cycling, curling, angling, golf, football, Gaelic and rugby. In total, 30 different sports were present across 13 different locations.

Commenting on the success of the event, Sport NI Chair Brian Henning stated:

“This year’s Celebration of Sport was a wonderful occasion, and I would like to thank all those people from across Northern Ireland who came along and made it such a success. Sport Northern Ireland is committed to working with our partners in DCAL and the wider sporting community to help people enjoy, engage and excel in sport. Today provided us with a great opportunity to recognise those working at grassroots to provide opportunities to get active and involved in sport, as well as those individuals and teams competing and succeeding. It was particularly pleasing to see so many local school pupils coming together and getting the chance to experience new sports and activities. This event demonstrates how valuable sport is to our society in helping to promote health, wellbeing and a greater sense of cohesion and community.”

Photos from this year’s Celebration of Sport are available to view on our Facebook page here