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Assembly Committee Learns Lessons From Finland

Session: 2009/2010

Date: 23 March 2010

Reference: CAL 12/09/10

Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will participate today in a video link conference with Finland. They will speak to a senior government official from Finland’s Sports Division to gather evidence for the Committee’s inquiry into participation in sport and physical activity in Northern Ireland.

Chair of the Committee, Barry McElduff, MLA said: “The Committee is looking forward to engaging with representatives from the Finnish government. Finland is a country renowned for its international best practice in terms of driving up levels of participation in sport and physical activity.

The Committee is pleased to be making use of the video link facilities as it believes that this is a cost-effective and innovative approach in terms of learning about best practice in other countries and regions.”

The Committee launched the inquiry because it is concerned at the low levels of participation in sport and physical activity among the adult population. The inquiry will produce a report identifying the barriers which prevent more people from getting involved in physical activity and consider solutions to those issues.

ENDS

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