As ice hockey and live sporting events make a welcome return to The SSE Arena, Belfast, the Belfast Giants have teamed up with Belfast Harbour as the new Official Community Outreach Partner for the 2021/22. The team will work in partnership with Belfast Harbour to support and develop its community engagement programmes throughout the season.
With a shared commitment to inclusivity, equality and working with local communities, Belfast Giants and Belfast Harbour will build on their existing community engagement projects, working with schools and community organisations to deliver the Belfast Giants’ innovative and diverse programme of community outreach.
Working together, the Belfast Giants wide-reaching community activity will be supported by Belfast Harbour, to include the Belfast Giants ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ Programme, which is designed to encourage young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The programme involves the team or coaching staff visiting schools to promote the importance of looking after mental and physical well-being.
Commenting on the new partnership, Steve Thornton, Belfast Giants Head of Hockey said, “As we embark on an exciting new season, as a team and a club reborn, we are delighted to welcome Belfast Harbour officially into the Giants family.
“Belfast Giants and Belfast Harbour share a vision for an inclusive and welcoming city, and a commitment to providing support and inspiration for the local community. The challenges of the pandemic make our award-winning community engagement programmes more important than ever, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact and new opportunities that this partnership will create.”
Allison Dowling, of Belfast Harbour, said: “We are proud that the Belfast Giants already call our Harbour Estate ‘home’. We are delighted that through this new partnership, we can support the next phase of the team’s development and community engagement activity, and help build on its remarkable success story to date.
“As the official community outreach partner for the team, we look forward to further supporting our local communities and to helping to enable unique opportunities to learn and work together through sport.”