IRISH RUGBY LEGEND BRIAN O’DRISCOLL EXPLORES POSITIVE ROLE PLAYED BY SPORT IN BELFAST WITH 5 STAR ACTIVE

Brian O’Driscoll is to feature in a powerful new BT Sport film which examines the impact sport is having in tackling social deprivation across Belfast (LINK TO FILM)

Brian O’Driscoll’s True Champions takes the Irish rugby legend on an emotive personal journey where he witnesses the work of Active Communities Network, a youth and community development charity through which he comes to appreciate the power of mentors for those less fortunate than himself.

Active Communities Network, lead partner of the 5 Star Active partnership, recently received a substantial grant from The Supporters Club, enabling them to deliver a sports-based employability project to 300 young people across North and West Belfast.

Brian O’Driscoll spends time in Belfast to experience first-hand the support offered by Active Communities Network and discovers how they are using sporting projects to help young people into employment and training.

O’Driscoll, who retired from rugby at the end of last season, reflects on his own circumstances growing up – and comes to further appreciate the power and influence of the mentors who are so crucial in the work of Active Communities Network hearing their individual stories before giving them a very special master class in the finer points of rugby.

O’Driscoll said: “This film has taken me on an incredibly revealing journey. Throughout my playing career I have witnessed the impact that sport can have on the world. Meeting the inspiring kids and project workers involved in Active Communities Network has taken that appreciation up a notch.”