Wildcats let loose!

Just as the Paralympic Flame spread across Northern Ireland, so did the Sport Northern Ireland Activ8 Wildcats looking for new members of their club!

Inspired by the London 2012 Games, Activ8 encourages children and young people to do 60 minutes of physical activity every day and to eat a balanced diet. Activ8 uses eight simple steps to stay active and keep healthy and is now in its 5th phase with over 100,000 children engaged in the London 2012 “Inspire Mark” programme.

Activ8 Wildcats aim to increase participation in sport by offering children, aged between 3 and 11, a unique form of physical activity to help develop their ABC’s (agility, balance and co-ordination) in a club which isn’t sport specific.

John News, Participation Manager, Sport Northern Ireland says to be active in any sport you need the right building blocks to feel confident. “Agility, balance and co-ordination are the basic skills for every sport and all forms of physical activity. Wildcat clubs help to develop these skills, in a fun, safe, challenging and progressive way. Activ8 Wildcats Clubs are fully inclusive and provide opportunities for boys and girls, regardless of physical ability.”

“There are over 50 Activ8 Wildcats Clubs held at venues throughout Northern Ireland, provided by local councils and start in September of each year. So as the summer draws to a close and community groups and clubs return, Sport Northern Ireland is encouraging parents and young people to find out about a Wildcat Club in their area. We would also encourage other clubs to get in touch and find out how they can get involved in the Activ8 Wildcat programme.”

He added, “Not only do Wildcat Clubs create a starting point and a foundation for young people in sport, they provide links to local quality sport specific clubs to ensure that children continue on their pathway to long term sports participation. That’s the important legacy an Olympic and Paralympic programme such as Activ8 can bring to sport in Northern Ireland.”

For more information about local Activ8 Wildcat clubs, or about the Activ8 programme visit: www.activ8ni.net