August 25th, 2011
The George Best Foundation encouraging Health through Sport at the fourth annual Best Way Forward event at Eddie Irvine Sports Centre in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
Marking what would have been George’s 65th birthday earlier this year, the George Best Foundation launched its fourth annual Best Way Forward event at Eddie Irvine Sports Centre in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
This amazing sports festival, apart from providing lots of fun filled activities, encourages young people to lead a healthy lifestyle through sport.
It gives many of these young people the chance to enjoy sports and activities, regardless of background or ability.
Over £20,000 was invested so that around 800 primary and secondary school children from across Northern Ireland could take part in the non-competitive multi-sports coaching sessions.
After a healthy lunch, each young person was given vital education on diet, nutrition and drug and alcohol awareness. These talks were presented by health agencies, such as the Health Promotion Agency, Action Cancer and FASA (Forum against Substance Abuse).
Speaking at the launch of the event, George’s sister, Barbara McNarry, secretary of the George Best Foundation said:
“The Best Way Forward festival provides the opportunity to use football and other sports to promote the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle amongst young people. Those who attend enjoy and develop their skills in a fun and rewarding environment.
This excellent initiative raises awareness of the benefits of a balanced diet and regular exercise as well as the adverse affects that drugs, alcohol and solvent abuse can have on a young person’s health, both physically and mentally”.