FUN FOR FREE
Belfast City Council is throwing open the doors of its leisure centres for free this weekend to mark the European Day of Sport on Sunday, 6 June.
It will be the finale of three days of sporting activities aimed particularly at encouraging new participants.
Similar events will be happening in four other European countries, Spain, Cyprus, Italy and Hungary after Belfast forged a new European partnership to improve the health of its citizens.
If it proves successful the five regions are hoping to roll the European Sports Day out across all the member states.
More than 50 sports clubs and community groups have signed up to take part in activities on the day with financial support from the council.
Chairman of the Parks and Leisure Committee, Councillor Peter O’ Reilly said: ”We are offering free entry to all council leisure centres on the day and are encouraging local sports clubs and other groups to get involved by offering them grants to arrange sporting events in their own areas.
“Fifty clubs and sports organisations have already signed up for the day, and we have tied in with the Maritime festival happening this weekend so people can try out fencing, taekwondo, dance or fitness classes while attending that event too.
“This is a major European health project and our aim is to promote the health benefits of sport and physical activity and to encourage more people to do it regularly. We want to get at least 3,000 people active over the weekend.”
More information on the European Day of Sport and how to get involved is available on our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/eurosporthealthday