Sweet Caroline joined in the celebrations last Saturday at Cregagh Green to kick start the sites new Active Spaces Forever programme, awarded funding by the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council and Cregagh Community Association.
East Belfast’s Cregagh Green is the first project in the UK to be awarded funding by the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) as part of The Active Spaces Forever programme, delivered in partnership with Fields in Trust to protect and activate outdoor recreation spaces.
Cregagh Green will now be protected in perpetuity through a legal Deed of Dedication between Belfast City Council and Fields in Trust. And a grant of £5,000 will help to promote physical activity and community participation in the space where George Best, dubbed by the Irish Football Association as the "greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland", first kicked a football as a young boy.
At the launch last weekend, the local community were able to try out a range of sports taster sessions including: football, boxing, archery, BMX and much more. More information about the active space programme, is available from Belfast City Council and Cregagh Community Association. The hope is that more local people to follow in George’s footsteps and get active in Cregagh Green.