Causeway Coast and Glens councillors have approved agree work streams for the development of a Sport and Wellbeing Service Strategy.
The proposal was presented to council’s Leisure and Development Committee last Tuesday night.
Head of Sport and Wellbeing, Wendy McCullough, told councillors the purpose of the report was to present a plan for the development of a Sport and Wellbeing Service Strategy.
She said: “The Sport & Wellbeing Service Level Mandate is focused on the provision of high quality leisure and sports services, accessible to all via need based programmes and, sustainable facility provision, enhanced by effective partnership working.
“The provision of the above is designed to create increased levels of participation in physical activity, improved health and well-being and an enhanced quality of life.
“In order to fulfil the service mandate for Sport & Wellbeing it is important to review the current level of provision, both within our facilities and also the service programmes we provide across the legacy areas, and identify opportunities within Sport and Wellbeing which make best use of current provision, matches market demand and creates sustainable services fit for the future and meeting identified need.
Alderman Maura Hickey proposed the recommendation to proceed be approved, this was seconded by Cllr Michelle Knight McQuillan.
The Sport and Leisure Facility Strategy 2015/16 Implementation Action Plan was also approved by councillors.
The Strategy sets out the long-term aspirations of Council in respect of the facility provision necessary to provide the Sport and Wellbeing services required to meet the identified need throughout the area.
To ensure effective delivery of this strategy, an annual Implementation Action Plan (IAP) is required to set out the specific actions required over the following financial year.
Cllr Kieran Mulholland said he welcomed the opportunities that were coming up, but said he felt council should be looking at working alongside community groups who are willing to meet the need.
“We should be looking at costs and identifying non-profit community groups willing to meet the need,” he said.
“In Loughgiel the Shamrocks are ‘shovel-ready’ on their project and are willing to meet the need, but they need the finances.”
The recommendation to approve the strategy was agreed by all councillors.