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South Armagh Outdoor Recreation Forum launched

The Ring of Gullion team and the Camlough Lake Sub-committee have joined forces to facilitate a new Outdoor Recreation Forum for organisations in south Armagh involved in outdoor sports and recreation.

The first meeting will be tomorrow (Tuesday, 26 April) in Mullaghbawn Community Centre starting at 7pm.

Sport NI will be on hand to talk about how outdoor sports and recreation organisations have benefited from their membership of similar regional forums.  They will also be speaking about upcoming funding opportunities in outdoor recreation.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Ruane explains, “One of the priorities for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council as part of its Economic Regeneration and Investment Strategy, is to develop the Council area as Northern Ireland’s premier outdoor/adventure destination. The development of this forum will enable the outdoor groups in south Armagh to be at the forefront at this exciting time.”

“Outdoor recreation is an important element within the sports industry in the north of Ireland and is closely associated with grassroots participation, tourism and family activity. It also plays an important role in actively engaging young people. It has a positive impact in health and fitness, quality of life, reduction in crime, inward investment and work productivity.”

If you are interested or working in the following areas; running, walking, cycling, angling, climbing, outdoor swimming, orienteering or any other outdoor recreation come along and find out how organisations can work together.

The workshop will cover information/discussion around funding; local development planning; working in partnership and setting up an outdoor recreation forum.

To register your attendance, please contact the Ring of Gullion on (028) 3082 8590 or email info@ringofgullion.orgby Monday 25 April. For more information, visit the Ring of Gullion website

This meeting is supported by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Sport NI, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund.