WPFG is more than a sporting event and the Games will leave a lasting legacy as a result of extensive Services engagement in the community, with schools and with young people. There were many legacy projects instigated before and during the Games. Below are just a few examples of the main projects.
A WPFG Education Pack was designed by teachers as a free resource for schools. It included lesson plans linked to the revised curriculum for pupils at Key Stages 2 and 3. An Irish language version was also developed, and these packs were distributed to every school in Northern Ireland.
A WPFG ‘roadshow’ was also developed in partnership with Sport NI. It travelled across the country and engaged with 8,260 children in the run up to the event.
DEFIBRILLATORS DONATED TO SCHOOLS
One other notable legacy project developed in partnership with Games sponsor HeartSine Technologies, involves 45 Games-time defibrillators which were donated to schools across Northern Ireland. This equipment will ensure local schoolchildren from 45 schools are protected from the devastating condition, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
Read more here, including a full list of the schools that benefitted.
THE WPFG VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME
The WPFG Volunteer Programme, managed by Volunteer Now on behalf of 2013 WPFG, resulted in the largest collection of volunteers ever for an event in Northern Ireland. Read more about the WPFG volunteers.
OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNERS
Three official charity partners were also selected in order to benefit from the Games. Partners included the NI Cancer Fund for Children, SOS Bus and the Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC).
BOXING EXHIBITION AT THE ULSTER HALL
As part of the WPFG Legacy Programme, a boxing exhibition was commissioned telling the story of Northern Ireland’s boxing history, and this will be permanently located in the Ulster Hall.
INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN SPORT
One of the original objectives of the Games when they were first established was to increase participation in sport. Amongst the 7,000 WPFG competitors in 2013 were 826 Northern Irish competitors. This figure includes a wide range of competitors of all ages and abilities. At the end of the Games, Team Northern Ireland finished fifth overall in the medal table with 270 medals including 102 gold, 85 silver and 83 bronze.
It is hoped that the increased participation in sport amongst local emergency services personnel will be coupled with increased physical activity amongst young people inspired by the Games. Many thousands of school children spectated at WPFG events where taking part was just as important as winning.
SHOWCASING NORTHERN IRELAND’S SPORTS FACILITIES
WPFG showcased Northern Ireland’s excellent sporting facilities, with the 41 sporting venues spread across the country. The fact that NI was awarded the event undoubtedly helped persuade local decision makers to invest significant sums in a number of new and refurbished facilities such as the Mary Peters Track, Bangor Aurora, Kilbroney MTB Park and Queen’s Sport Upper Malone.
Hosting the WPFG provided a much needed boost to the local economy and, in particular, the hotel, hospitality and retail sectors. It will have longer term economic benefits as a result of the tourism legacy, with return visits and word of mouth helping boost this growing sector. In addition, the success of the event, along with other recent large scale events, will stand Northern Ireland in good stead as it bids to attract future international sporting and other events.
The event also captured the imagination of the private sector, with more than 30 sponsors contributing over £1.6 million to be involved and associated with the event. There were eight Platinum Sponsors including Coca-Cola HBC, Deloitte, Danske Bank, Fujitsu, Food NI, Diageo, Translink and Kukri Sports. For details of all the 2013 sponsors, visit the sponsors page.