EMSONI Hosted its first ‘New Start Swimming Taster’ Programme

EMSONI Hosted its first ‘New Start Swimming Taster’ Programme

18 March 2019

EMSONI successfully hosted its first ‘New Start Swimming Taster’ initiative, which was funded by Active Belfast at DW Sports on Boucher Road Belfast for 6 weeks. It started on 30 January 2019 and ended with a family fun day on 17 March 2019 with 42 participants.

An initiative aimed at improving access and creating opportunities for new learners and newcomers to learn new swimming skills as a pathway to grow activeness through swimming in our community.

According to one of the participants, I never knew I could learn swimming that fast because I have this fear for water, but this project greatly helped build my water confidence. I am now comfortable in the water which enables my fast learning. Thank you to our instructors and the other volunteers for their help and encouragement.”

Our policy officer, Funmi Abayomi, said, “we were glad to welcome dozens of diverse women on what was the first taster session of its kind for them since their arrival in Belfast. The project was built to develop their confidence and skills as a starting point of a competitive swimming journey, with a view to encouraging them to join swimming clubs in town and then progress into a fully inclusive swimming club strategic structure.”

“It is important to offer such taster sessions to show our ladies that they have a place in the sporting community and can benefit from all the great things swimming can offer.”

“We are already looking forward to see this project up and running again in November 2019 for another 8 weeks to grow swimming at the ethnic minority level in Northern Ireland to address disparity and to encourage and support those women get along in their swimming journey to promote a healthy community in Belfast.”

“Thank you to all the participants, our volunteers, instructors, and funders for making this project a huge success.”

EMSONI held its first Special Meeting.

EMSONI held its first Special Meeting.

Ethnic Minority Sports Organization Northern Ireland (EMSONI) held its first special meeting on the 12th October 2018 at the QUB Student Union Building with 18 members in attendance.

Our members used the meeting to adopt the constitution of the organisation and elected six trustees to manage the affairs of the organisation. The following persons were elected as trustees by the members at the meeting: Adekanmi Abayomi, Mohamed Chendali, Deborah Kahubire, Faisal Kadiri, Robert Steward, and Mothusi Diteko.

On behalf of the newly constituted organisation, new Chair, Adekanmi Abayomi commented: “I am delighted to have been elected as Chair of EMSONI and I also want to congratulate my colleagues for the opportunity to serve this newly established organisation as trustees. I am glad to see this organisation becoming a reality today and it is a big achievement for all of us. As we look forward to the future of this organisation, I want to implore us to see this platform as an opportunity for us to serve our community and humanity”.

“I cannot wait to start working with this amazing and dedicated group of individuals who are highly ambitious to help develop and progress the work of EMSONI. He thanked every member and guest that attended this important meeting and special appreciation also goes to the Student Union of QUB for supporting us with a spacious room to host the meeting.”

The List of the Newly Elected Trustees:

Adekanmi Abayomi (Founder/Chair)
Mohamed Chendali (Secretary)
Deborah Kahubire (Treasurer)
Faisal Kadiri (Trustee)
Robert Steward (Trustee)
Mothusi Diteko (Trustee)