We have been nominated for the 'Community Diversity Award' in the Greater Shankill BEST Awards this year! We are delighted to receive recognition for the ten years that we have been working in this community. We are looking forward to the awards presentation in the Europa on May 6th to celebrate with all of the other finalists and hear about all the other inspiring work being delivered across the Greater Shankill.
We hope everyone had a good Easter break & is recovering well from all the chocolate eggs! Before the break we supported the Over 50s Health Event at Belvoir Community Centre! This event involved a variety of older persons groups from the South Belfast area (approx. 90 people) We have worked with the “Up & At It!” group from Belvoir for several months now involving them in activities ranging from Boccia, Chi Mi and healthy eating workshops. We even had a special visitor join us! Lord Mayor Nuala Mc Allister decided to give chair based activity a go....we think she did brilliant! A fantastic day laid out by the South Belfast Health Forum- thanks for having us.
After the success of our Winter League we are delivered an all Girls U12 Gaelic Blitz for the Active, Fit & Sporty Expedition with the Female Sports Forum this month. We were honoured to be part of a great week empowering females in sport & physical activity. The U12 Girls Gaelic Blitz took place in Dunville Park, Belfast. Thanks to Colin Gaels, Naomh Gall, Naomh Pól & Rossa for coming along & taking part- we hope you enjoyed it!
Well done to some of our Key 16 (Keep Empowering Yourself) participants who completed more training with us this month! Pictured is Gordon Harper who completed his Chair Based Activity Training- as part of his Level 2 OCN in ‘Healthy Living’ delivered by Life Dock. The rest of this group received Disability Inclusion Training with the help of Disability Sport NI. Great work team!!
Fantastic evening at our Club Sheer Skill Celebration Event in Belfast Activity Centre last night. This ALL FEMALE Sheer Skill Programme consisted of ten weeks of hard week from the 18 girls. We also had the pleasure of Niamh Cooper joining us from the Northern Ireland Netball Team ahead of her travels to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games. She had an awesome chat with the girls about the importance of hard work on and off the pitch!
Congratulations to all our winners...... although everyone is a winner in our eyes.Thank you to all the staff, parents, coaches and most importantly the girls who braved the weather with us. Also a big thank you to our Deputy Lord Mayor for coming along to see us 😊 Finally- thanks to the Peter Harrison Foundation through their ‘Opportunities through Sports Grant’ for making this years league possible & our sponsors Kennedy Centre and Black Taxi Association West Belfast. We have loved running this league over the past seven years and it is a privilege to see you all develop your skills and confidence together #winterleague
Our Avoneil Danderball group are the perfect example of men looking after their physical and mental health. This group meet every Thursday for a game of friendly (slightly competitive) walking football. All our danderball games are played at a slower pace to help reduce the threat of pain, discomfort and injury, with players briskly walking through matches. This allows people who have loved the sport all their lives to once again safely get back to playing!
The snow didnt keep this lot away from the Spectrum Centre this week for their Boccia tournament. Well done to all those who ventured out against the elements & came along to join in the competition.We have the winners from Glebe Care Home and some participants from our Key 16 Programme pictured with Billy. Thank you to Jigsaw, Boccia NI & everyone involved for a great day!
Another great day at our Winter League yesterday. It was great to have some guests who travelled the whole way from Derry to join us... big thank you to Ballinascreen GAC below for taking part- we hope you enjoyed it! Big week ahead preparing for the finals on Saturday 3rd March- BRING IT ON!
We travelled to Dublin this week to take part in a danderball tournament held at the Sport Ireland Indoor Arena. Through a working partnership with The Irish Football Association & FAIreland we brought together four teams from the North and four teams from the South of Ireland to take part in this walking football tournament. We aim to promote social integration and friendship across the divide through our danderball programmes. Well done to everyone involved!