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Posted On: 26th Aug 2016

Be a Good Sport

Matthew wants people to give sport a try

As we bid farewell to the Olympics for another four years, one young man is hoping to keep the sporting spirit alive by encouraging more families to get active.


Matthew Mooney wants young people to get off the sofa and discover what physical exercise can do for them.


With Fixers, he is encouraging youngsters to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle in line with The Public Health Agency's recommendation for kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day.


The 21-year-old, from Londonderry, says: ‘In the school holidays, my friends and I used to be out playing street football until it was dark. Looking back, it seems like that’s all we did.


‘Not only was it a healthy way to spend our time, but it gave us something to do.


‘Young people these days are quite lucky as there are loads of different sports clubs they can join.


'I think parents can play a big role by encouraging their children to go along and try something that will benefit them.


‘Even if it’s for fun, give it a go. You never know what might come of it.’


Matthew, who is currently studying media production at North West Regional College, has created a Fixers poster campaign encouraging families to get involved in sports.


He hopes to display them in local schools and youth centres to inspire young people.


Click below to see the poster.





Matthew says he has drawn inspiration from the Olympic Games.


He says: ‘We’ve just seen how sport can bring happiness to millions of people. It makes you want to do something.


‘I’m hoping, that as more and more people start getting interested in sport, it will have a similar knock on effect and encourage others to try it for themselves.’


To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.


Author: N. Farooq


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