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19 Dec
Construction work on state-of-the-art leisure complex progressing well after steel frame installation

Construction of a new, state-of-the-art £35 million leisure centre in Craigavon is advancing fast and is on course for phased completion in 2020.

With the steel frame structure now firmly installed on the dry side of the building – providing an anticipatory glimpse of how the structure will look on completion – foundation works to create the new 50-metre gala swimming pool are now well under way.

The latest build milestone paves the way for a series of key installations in quick succession, including the creation of two additional pools, an eight-court sports hall, studio spaces, squash courts and an indoor children’s soft play area.

Tandragee-based concrete and piling firm Taranto installed the 1,000 concrete piles needed to support the 415-tonne steel frame on the dryside of the building, supplied and installed by Walter Watson, a family firm based in Co Down.

Once complete, the new leisure centre will also be home to a world class 1,000m2 gym – the largest available anywhere in Ireland – as well as an extensive outdoor water-sports provision, traditional best-in-class fitness facilities and fluid open spaces including a café and studios, which have been designed to meet community and visitor needs.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Cllr. Julie Flaherty, said:

“A flagship project creating at least 500 jobs on site, with more to follow, this is a pivotal moment in the development of this new and exciting leisure facility, which has been designed to transform the health, wellbeing and quality of life for residents and visitors for generations to come.”

The new centre will be among the first in Northern Ireland to feature ‘Pool Pod’ platform lifts, designed as a legacy of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics to improve pool access for people with disabilities and the less mobile.

This follows a major partnership with Disability Sport NI to deliver a flagship leisure centre which supports the development and long-term sustainability of sports and leisure programmes for people with disabilities. Working with Disability Sport NI, the Council has ensured that access and facilities have been prioritised and advanced from design through to completion.

Farrans, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading construction firms, is spearheading the contemporary new build and has a long track record of delivering successful projects, including Bangor’s award-winning Aurora leisure centre, Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast and Craigavon Area Hospital.

The project was procured via the Scape Major Works framework, which has since been superseded by the Scape National Construction framework. Configured to deliver construction projects across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, the frameworks performance management processes ensure Farrans is working directly with local suppliers, contractors and the wider community.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, said;

“We are pleased to see Craigavon’s new leisure centre taking shape. It has taken tremendous effort from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to create an exciting facility that will be accessible to all, and encourage a healthier lifestyle for the local community.

“Creating social value and delivering community benefits is embedded throughout our frameworks. As well as ensuring a maximum spend on local labour and SME engagement, the project will also drive long-term economic benefits through the provision of training, upskilling and employment opportunities for the local community. We look forward to seeing this project evolve in the coming months.”

For more information on the new South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon visit https://getactiveabc.com/south-lake-leisure-centre/

17 Dec

Orchard Leisure Centre

23rd December –  10.15am – 5.30pm

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9:15am – 5:00pm

29th December – 9.15am – 5.30pm

30th December – 10.15am – 5.30pm

31st December – 9.15am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Cascades Leisure Complex

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

29th December – 10.00am – 4.00pm

30th December – Closed

31st December – 9.00am -5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Craigavon Leisure Centre

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

29th December – 9.00am – 4.00pm

30th December – 2.00pm – 5.00pm

31st December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Waves Leisure Complex

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

29th December – 8.30am – 3.30pm

30th December – Closed

31st December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Banbridge Leisure Centre

23rd December –  Normal Hours

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

29-30th December – Normal Hours

31st December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Craigavon Golf & Ski Centre

24-26th December – Closed

27th-31st December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

1st January – Closed

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

24-26th December – Closed

27th-31st December – 10:00am – 5:00pm

 

1st January – Closed

Kinnego Marina Office

24-26th December – Closed

27th-31st December 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January Closed

Oxford Island Site

24th December – 8.00am -6.00pm

26-31st December – 8.00am – 6.00pm

1st January – 8.00am – 6.00pm

Tannaghmore Farm

24th December –  10.00am – 4.00pm

26th-31st December – 10.00am – 4.00pm

1st January – 10.00am – 4.00pm

Ardmore & Cathedral Road Recreation Centre

24-26th December – Closed

27th-31st December – Open (depending on bookings)

1st January – Closed

Tandragee Recreation Centre

23rd December –  9.00am – 5.00pm

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

29th December – 9.15am – 5.15pm

31st December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Dromore Community Centre

22nd-23rd December –  Normal Hours

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

29-30th December – Normal Hours

31st December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Rathfriland Community Centre

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

29th December – 9.00am – 1.00pm

31st December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Gilford Community Centre

21st December –  Closed

22-23rd December – Open

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

29-30th December – Open

31st December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Keady Recreation Centre

22nd December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

24-26th December – Closed

27-28th December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

29th December – 10.00am – 5.30pm

31st December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

1st January – Closed

Richhill Recreation Centre

22nd-31st December – Closed

1st January – Closed

2nd January – Normal Hours

Loughgall Country Park

24-26th December – Closed

Public Parks

24th-31st December – 7.00am – 6.00pm

1st January – 7.00am – 6.00pm

17 Dec

Children have an innate urge to play from birth right through to teenage years. Freely chosen play is critically important for all children as part of their everyday lives and access to quality, unstructured play is known to help improve children and young people’s overall health, well-being and development.

During the early years of children’s lives parents are encouraged to play with their children; these early play experiences can help create a bond and attachment between parents and their children. Good play experiences will help children to develop many skills such as self-confidence, self-esteem, curiosity, independence, and resilience.

As children grow older they may not call free activity as playing but might prefer for it to be called hanging out or chilling out. It is critically important that adults remember to allow children and young people the time and space to ‘hang out or chill out’. It is during pre-teen/teenage years that children and young people seek greater independence away from their parents/ adults. Friends and friendship groups become very significant and healthy friendships are important.

For more information on how Play Matters visit https://bit.ly/2LjO0GM

12 Dec

On Thursday 6 December, Tandragee Recreation Centre held its 23rd annual Christmas Inter-Primary School 5-a-side football competition. Six primary schools from Tandragee and the surrounding area took part in the competition with some schools entering more than one team.

Derryhale Primary School scooped the top prize receiving the Inter-Primary School Cup whilst the runners up were Clare Primary School, both teams received medals. There was a fantastic atmosphere at the Centre and all teams received light refreshments afterwards.

The staff at Tandragee Recreation Centre would like to thank all the participating Primary Schools for their continued support, also thank the Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Councillor Paul Duffy for attending the tournament & wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

 

06 Dec

A stunning calendar featuring 13 beautiful images of Lurgan Park taken by local photographers is now on sale and can be picked up from the Gate Lodge at the Park.

Showcasing the wildlife, the scenery and all of the wonderful things the Park has to offer this calendar is a perfect Christmas gift and costs just £3 each or £5 for two.

Amateur photographers were invited to take part in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s annual Lurgan Park photography competition with the winning photographs appearing in the calendar.

With plenty of room on each day of each month to keep all appointments and children’s activities noted, you can stay super organised while enjoying a lovely photo of the Park at the same time.

There are a limited number of these calendars available so make sure don’t miss out. Call down to the Park and pick up your copy today or contact Leanne McShane on 07766 740427 to reserve your copy.

 

Image 1 – Front cover picture of Lurgan Park by Donald Bell
Image 2 – Calendar image by Nigel McCoy

23 Nov

Santa Claus and some of his special Elves will be taking time out of their busy schedule to give little boys and girls the opportunity to visit them in their Magical Grotto at the Orchard Leisure Centre from Friday 7 December to Saturday 22 December.

Children will be able to write their letter to Santa and post it in Santa’s special post box which he will be personally taking back to the North Pole. They will then visit Santa in the Magical Grotto, share their Christmas wishes with Santa, receive a selection box and spend one hour playing in Gulliver’s soft play area.

20 Nov
It is now widely recognised that the early years of a child’s life represent a unique opportunity in the life cycle for brain development. The first three years of life mark the fastest growth in brain development for humans and as such is a crucial time for social, emotional and cognitive development.

13 Nov
PlayBoard NI’s Play Awareness sessions for Parents are designed specifically for parents and carers. This half-day Play Awareness session will strengthen parents understanding of play and its importance to the growth and development of their children. They will also gain practical ideas which they can incorporate into their homes or local community to enhance opportunities for play.

Please be advised that the Play Awareness sessions for Parents element of our EITP funded Play Matters project is now open for bookings.

We are particularly keen to target those ‘harder to reach’ parents, those with a child with a disability and/or those parents identified as needing further support in terms of their play awareness, skills or confidence.

07 Nov
Winter is here and it’s getting colder and darker – but it’s still a great time for getting children of all ages outdoors. We just need to EMBRACE the weather!

Have a playful and positive attitude towards the winter season; show your children that winter can be fun. Try to model ways to be playful …. stamp your feet on ice patches or in puddles, have a snowball fight, play in the rain, make snow angels or snowmen! Take a breath of that cold winter air and remember that whatever you do outdoors you are supporting your children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.

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