UFRC April E-Newsletter 2017

Posted on June 7th, 2017 · Posted in Newsletters

Welcome to the latest UFRC E-Newsletter!
Please find below news updates and upcoming opportunities to pass onto your walking club members.

The Big Walk- Take on the challenge!

Eden Project Communities are looking for two walkers from Northern Ireland to join them for ‘The Big Walk’ from the 18th May to the 18th June. Are you up for the challenge?!

Setting off from Jo Cox’s hometown of Batley, West Yorkshire, 10 walkers will navigate their way home, visiting interesting and meaningful community projects along the way, as well as calling in on neighborhood Big Lunches. The idea is to celebrate connections and commonalities in a time of divisiveness. This is an all expenses paid trip thanks to Big Lottery fund. A welcome home ‘Big Lunch’ will provide a fantastic media opportunity to draw attention to community causes.

Click here for further info or call Grainne McCloskey or Niamh Scullion if you like to chat on the phone about this before applying. Phone Grainne: 07703189048/ Niamh: 07850914533

You can Make a difference- UFRC Committee & volunteers

Where you a part of this years Spring Gathering? We loved having you with us and hope you have had a chance to put into practice everything you learnt during the training sessions.

At the core of UFRC you will find a wonderful committee made up of enthusiastic volunteers representing their walking clubs across Northern Ireland. However, a number of clubs are not represented. If you would like your club to have a voice in making a difference for walkers in Northern Ireland please contact Claire Saunders the Active Clubs Coordinator for further information or speak to a committee member you know. Email: c.saunders@outdoorrecreationni.com or Phone: 028 9030 3930

£100 Cotswold Voucher For Clubs

Every three months we send out club survey’s to see the uptake of new members in clubs. These are used in reporting to our funder SportNI and are important for insurance purposes.

As a thank you for completing and returning this information, clubs with new members will receive a £100 voucher to spend (alongside their discount!) in Cotswold Outdoor to help towards the purchase of equipment. To find out more about this please contact Claire Saunders the Active Clubs Coordinator for further information. Email: c.saunders@outdoorrecreationni.com or phone: 028 9030 3930

Belfast Hills Walking Festival

Date: 21st May 2017
Location: Divis & The Black Mountain, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Join North West Mountain Rescue Team (NWMRT) for their upcoming annual Belfast Hills walking festival. The festival in aid of NWMRT will be held in association with the National Trust & Cotswold Outdoor and will offer walkers two route choices; a 10km circular walk and a 20km circular walk.


We hope you find the above information useful and pass it onto your club members. If you require any further information or would like to sign up to any of the training courses please contact a member of the WIYC/ UFRC participation team by sending an email to jayne@outdoorrecreationni.com or phoning 028 9030 3930.

Joint Project between UFRC and Walking In Your Community following successful joint application to the SportNI Active Clubs Fund with Walking In Your Community the two organisations received funding of £200,000 for the next four years. The funding will help to continue the valuable work of the existing Walking In Your Community Scheme and help to develop Rambling Clubs across Northern Ireland. Read more about the Joint UFRC & Walking In Your Community Project.

Outdoor Recreation NI is an organisation responsible for developing, managing and promoting outdoor activities including walking, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing and adventure activities throughout Northern Ireland by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations.