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We’re so proud of everything we have achieved in Belfast over the past eight years. We set up a pilot programme in 2009 called GOALS (Generating Opportunities and Learning Through Sport), working with a small group of high risk young people in Ballymurphy and Whiterock (West Belfast).

Through sport we developed their resilience and addressed wider mental health issues, supporting them to make positive life choices. The project was subject to an impact report by the University of Ulster, which praised our approach and methodology.

This gave us the confidence we needed to significantly grow ACN’s presence across WestNorth and East Belfast. Starting in 2011, we began to target areas of high tension and deprivation, combined with a lack of sports provision for young people. We found examples of teenagers living in chaotic circumstances without positive role models and opportunities to achieve.

Using our delivery model we began to gain the trust of communities through the provision of activities 50 weeks of the year. In April 2015, with the help of our supporting partners, we replicated this approach in PortadownColeraine and Omagh.

Since 2016 our delivery in Belfast can boast a city wide delivery model thanks to our funders and network of community partners across Belfast. We continue to develop programmes within NI and ROI with an ever growing recognition of the Sport for Development methodology underpinning positive outcomes for young people


Headline funders 

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Click on the photo below to get the most recent update of the Belfast Programme and the fantastic work that has been completed across the city



Mark Copeland - Head of Programmes Belfast

Mark Copeland - Head of Programmes Belfast

Jim Donnelly - Director of Programmes

Jim Donnelly - Director of Programmes



Click on the photos to find out more. 






Here at Active Communities Network we want to measure our impact to ensure best practice is being maintained. Click on the document below to read our most recent review.




Our programmes are available to young people aged 8-24 and run 50 weeks of the year, for the most recent information on sessions near you please call us on 028 9024 5969.