The Outdoor Partnership will work with clubs, schools, individuals, and specialists to increase opportunities for people in The Sperrins AONB to achieve their potential through outdoor activities, active participation, volunteering, training, and education.

Gary Donaldson - The Sperrins Outdoor Activities Development Officer

Gary Donaldson is our Sperrins Outdoor Activities Development Officer. He will be working in the areas of Causeway Coast & Glens, Derry & Strabane, Fermanagh & Omagh and Mid Ulster.

He is currently undertaking a gap analysis of the Sperrins ANOB and surrounding towns and council areas. This is being done through face-to-face meetings with community groups and clubs, local authorities and National Governing Bodies. In doing this, Gary will build a good understanding of local interests and council interests. Once the initial gap analysis has been completed a work plan based on the findings will be planned out.

An online Survey has been sent out to all groups to gauge the interest, barriers and need for outdoor activities within the Sperrins to provide a form of quantitative data. Have your say by following the link below to complete the survey:

Looking to get involved?

If you’d like to know more or are an outdoor activity club that would like to get involved, please contact Gary on

07742876126 or


Get Wet Stay Safe

In Partnership with SportNI and Swim Ulster we are currently planning for a Get Wet Stay Safe program at Gortin Lakes at the end of June. The lakes have been a hot spot in recent years  for open water swimming, SUP boarding and other paddle sports. The area has recently received new Swim Safety signs and a canoe hut. The program will link in with the recent activity and developments.