In the Mid-Ulster town of Maghera, we've been linking with a number of schools and community groups of all ages. Our Sport4Development project has brought us to St. Patricks Glen, St Marys Glenview and Maghera Primary Schools, St Patricks College, Magherafelt High School, Watty Graham's GAC, the Heritage Centre and Fairhill Youth Centre.
The delivery of our Energise Programme to local primary schools has been a huge success throughout our time in the Maghera Hub. Primary school children of all ages have benefited from the national health messages they have received throughout interactive activity sessions as teachers have reported on an improvement of break time snacks and lunches being brought in by the children since the beginning of the programme.
Fifteen pupils from both St Patrick's College and Magherafelt High school actively participated in our SheerSKILL Programme. Through SheerSKILL pupils engaged in leadership training and coaching qualifications and in keeping with our #SharedFuture value, we brought the children of both Catholic and Protestant schools together for a Good Relations day in which the young leaders facilitated a multi-sport event.
“It was a big positive to conclude phase one with the young leaders continuing their cross community work by organising and delivering the celebration event to the local primary schools."
(James Wright, Sport4Development Facilitator)
We have also filtered into the community by providing a platform for local men to get physically active by getting involved in our Older & Active project. The programme provides the opportunity for men over 50 to meet regularly and improve physical, social and mental well-being by taking part in low intensity circuits and Danderball.