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18 Dec

CHRISTMAS 2017 & NEW YEAR HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS

Changes to facilities and services provided by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

CASCADES LEISURE COMPLEX

Open: 23 December (9.00am-4.00pm)

Closed: 24-26 December

Open: 27-29 December (9.00am-5.00pm)

Open: 30 December (9.00am-4.00pm)

Closed: 31 December

Closed: 1 January Open: 2 January (6.45am-9.30pm)

CRAIGAVON LEISURE CENTRE

Open: 23 December (9.00am-4.00pm)

Closed: 24-26 December

Open: 27-29 December (9.00am-5.00pm)

Open: 30 December (9.00am-4.00pm)

Open: 31 December (2.00pm-5.00pm)

Closed: 1 January

Open: 2 January (9.00am-10.00pm)

WAVES LEISURE COMPLEX

Open: 23 December (8.30am-4.00pm)

Closed: 24-26 December

Open: 27-29 December (9.00am-5.00pm

Open: 30 December (8.30am-4.00pm)

Closed: 31 December

Closed: 1 January

Open: 2 January (7.30am-10.00pm)

CRAIGAVON GOLF SKI CENTRE

Open: 23 December (9.00am-5.00pm)

Closed: 24-27 December

Open: 28-31 December (9.00am-5.00pm)

Open: 1 January 9.00am-5.00pm)

 KINNEGO MARINA OFFICE

Open: 22 December (9.00am-5.00pm)

Closed: 23-31 December

Closed: 1 January

Open: 2 January (9.00am-5.00pm)

 OXFORD ISLAND SITE

Open: 23 December (8.00am-5.00pm)

Open: 24 December (8.00am-5.00pm)

Closed: 25 December

Open: 26-30 December (8.00am-5.00pm)

Open: 1-2 January (8.00am-5.00pm)

LOUGH NEAGH DISCOVERY CENTRE

Open: 22 December (9.00am-5.00pm)

Open: 23 December (10.00am-5.00pm)

Closed: 24-27 December

Open: 28-29 December (9.00am-5.00pm)

Open: 30 -31 December (10.00am-5.00pm)

Closed: 1 January

Open: 2 January (9.00am-5.00pm)

TANNAGHMORE FARM

Open: 23-24 December (10.00am-4.00pm)

Closed: 25 December

Open: 26-31 December (10.00am-4.00pm)

Open: 1 January (10.00am-4.00pm)

PUBLIC PARKS

Open: 23-31 December (7.00am-6.00pm) (No toilet facilities available 25 December)

Open: 1-3 January (7.00am-6.00pm)

ORCHARD LEISURE CENTRE

Open: 23 December (9.15am – 5.15pm)

Closed: 24-26 December

Open: 27-29 December (9:00am – 5:00pm)

Open: 30 December ( 9.15am – 5.15pm)

Open 31 December (10.15am – 5.15pm)

Closed: 1 January

ARDMORE & CATHEDRAL ROAD RECREATION CENTRE

Closed: 24-26 December

Open: 27 – 31 December

Depending on bookings

Closed: 1 January

KEADY & TANDRAGEE RECREATION CENTRE

Open: 23 December (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Closed: 24-27 December

Open: 28-30 December (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Closed: 1 January

Richhill Recreation Centre

Closed: 23-31 December

Closed: 1 January

LOUGHGALL COUNTRY PARK

Closed 24-26 December

BANBRIDGE LEISURE CENTRE

Open: 22 December (7.00am – 9.00am & 5.30pm – 10.00pm)

Open: 23 December

Closed: 24-26 December

Open: 27-29 December (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Open: 30-31 December

Closed: 1 January

DROMORE COMMUNITY CENTRE

Open: 22 December (2.30pm – 10.00pm )

Open: 23 December

Closed: 24-27 December

Open: 28-29 December (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Open: 30 December

Closed: 1 January

RATHFRILAND COMMUNITY CENTRE

Closed: 21 December

Open: 22-23 December

Closed: 24-27 December

Open: 28-29 December (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Open: 30 December

Closed: 1 January

GILFORD COMMUNITY CENTRE

Closed: 21 December

Open: 22-23 December

Closed: 24-27 December

Open: 28-29 December (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Open: 30 December

Open: 31 December (10.00am – 4.00pm)

Closed: 1 January

 

18 Dec

The following centres will be closed on the following dates for essential staff training:

 

Waves Leisure Complex – Thursday 21st December 2017

The centre will open from 07:30 and will close 09:00 for staff training.

The following facilities will open again:

Health Suite – 17:00—09:15

Bodyzone Fitness Suite – 17:00—09:30

 

Banbridge Leisure Centre – Friday 22nd December 2017

The centre will open from 07:00 and will close 09:00 for staff training.

The following facilities will open again:

Pool – 08:00 – 09:00 and 18:30 – 21:30

Gym – 07:00 – 09:00 and 17:30—22:00

Swimming lessons will not be affected

 

Craigavon Leisure Centre – Wednesday 20th December 2017

The centre will be closed from 9am to 3pm

Gym open from 3pm

Main pool open for swimming lessons 3pm with public swimming from 5.30pm

Minor pool open for swimming lessons 2.30pm with public swimming from 6.30pm

Centre will close as per normal at 10pm.

Swimming lessons 2.30pm to 3.00 will be facilitated

 

Cascades Leisure Complex – Wednesday 20th December 2017

The centre will be closed from 9.00am to 3.30pm

The pool will be open from 6.45am to 9.00am and 3.30pm to 5.30pm

The gym will be open from 6.45am to 9.00am and 3.30pm to 9.30pm

 

Sorry for any inconveniences caused

Have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Getactiveabc

 

 

14 Dec

Craigavon spearheads £30m world class leisure centre after planning go-ahead

 

Planning permission granted for new multi-million-pound leisure development will deliver first class facilities for a new era of better health, wellbeing and sporting ambition

 

Craigavon’s new state-of-the-art £30 million leisure centre plans have been given a seal of approval by the local planning authority, paving the way for a construction start date early next year and full access for all in 2020.

 

The long-awaited proposal, first put forward in 2010, is part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough area.

 

The biggest capital project ever undertaken by the Council, the new leisure centre will provide an enhanced facility to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole Borough. The centre will be unique in in the region, offering indoor and outdoor leisure experiences from a single site.

 

The facility, which will be situated at the site of the existing Watersports Centre, adjacent to the Civic & Conference Centre and overlooking the South Lake, features an impressive eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, fun pool and a spectator gallery.

 

Once complete, Craigavon will host one of the largest gyms on the island of Ireland, with visitors enjoying panoramic views. Customers will have state-of-the-art equipment, spin and dance studios, an extensive health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and a large sports hall suitable for a variety of sporting activities.

 

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Alderman Gareth Wilson, said:

 

“With planning consent firmly secured, work can now start to create a brand new, modern leisure facility which meets the needs of everyone, creating new and exciting opportunities for individuals, families, schools and sporting enthusiasts who can realise their fitness, lifestyle or professional goals in a world class facility that fully supports their needs.

 

 

“Full planning approval represents a tangible and rewarding step towards an official opening date and I’m delighted that this puts the project in delivery mode, ensuring that everyone – with all levels of fitness and ability – will soon have the opportunity they need to make a marked difference in improving their health ambitions in the best facilities available.”

 

In addition to the staff that will run the facility, the project will create more than 500 jobs during the construction phase. The construction phase alone is also expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy, apprenticeships, work placements and job opportunities for the local community.

 

Disabled Sport NI ‘excellence’ status is expected to be granted once the building is constructed given the enhanced accessibility provision incorporated into the design. It will also deploy the latest technology to make the building and the services it offers as energy efficient and as sustainable as possible.

 

“The new leisure centre plans are ambitious, forward-looking and are eagerly awaited, representing years of planning, extensive consultation, revisions and further consultation,” added Gareth Wilson. “Carefully considered with extensive feedback provided by residents, clubs and associations, I’m thrilled that everyone can now benefit from this significant investment.”

 

For further information, and regular updates, visit www.getactiveabc.org/south-lake-leisure-centre.

14 Dec

11th December 2017

Free swimming for everyone at all council leisure centres!

The run-up to Christmas can sometimes see stress levels rising with all of the planning, organisation, shopping, wrapping and cooking! So this year, why not jump off the Christmas wheel for an hour or two before the big day and enjoy a bit of exercise and fun with a free swim at one of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s leisure centres?

The free swim is available for everyone on Saturday 23rd December at:

  • Banbridge Leisure Centre
  • Cascades Leisure Complex
  • Craigavon Leisure Centre
  • Orchard Leisure Centre
  • Waves Leisure Complex

So why not take a bit of time out and experience the calming effect of the water, give your mood a boost and get a little bit of exercise before launching back into the festivities? Or enjoy some quality time with the family away from the hustle and bustle of the shops? We know which one the kids would prefer!

Swimming is proven to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses as well as helping with stress levels and being great fun – sounds like the perfect start to the holidays!

So, call into any of the five leisure centres during their normal opening hours and enjoy a bit of me-time or family time before the Christmas fun kicks in!

12 Dec

12 days of Christmas getactiveabc gives to you the chance to win a 12 month Platinum Membership!

All you have to do is ‘check-in’ on facebook to any of the 10 participating Centres between 12 Dec and 24th Dec and you’ll be automatically entered into the competition.

Participating Centres include:

  • Banbridge Leisure Centre
  • Cascades Leisure Centre
  • Craigavon Leisure Centre
  • Dromore Community Centre
  • Gilford Community Centre
  • Keady Recreation Centre
  • Orchard Leisure Centre
  • Rathfriland Community Centre
  • Tandragee Recreation Centre
  • Waves Leisure Centre

Good Luck Everyone

29 Nov

Choose to Lose is a free 12 week healthy weight management program for Adults who are overweight or obese and want to improve their health, become more active and lose weight. Choose to Lose includes a weekly physical activity session.

The program takes place at the Tennis Pavilion Lurgan Park every Wednesday 17th January to 11 April 2018 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

The program aims to help you to:

  • Make healthy food choices
  • Set your own weight loss target
  • Discover the benefits of becoming more active
  • Join in short activity sessions and learn to set your own goals for a healthy lifestyle

Just the ticket to help shed those Christmas calories!

To book your free place contact Cathy Devlin on Tel: 02838312533 or email *protected email*

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

16 Nov

Join in the festive fun this season at our very exciting snow tube with Santa event at Craigavon Golf & Ski centre, providing excellent fun, Snowtubing is one of our most popular activities.

From years 3 to 12, enjoy the exhilaration of Snowtubing during the most wonderful time of the year.
The alpine lodge café will be serving all your festive favourites from mince pies to mulled wine. You can bring your own camera to record the experience.

Not only is Snowtubing great fun it’s also keeping your children fit and healthy by constantly moving about on the slope and the best part is they won’t even realise its exercise due to the amount of fun they’ll be having, plus it’ll help them to fall asleep at night dreaming of Santa Claus.

For bookings and enquiries, click here!

 

23 Oct

Lord Mayor, Cllr Alderman Gareth Wilson and pupils from Hardy Memorial Primary School in Richhill were getting into the Halloween Spirit at the launch of the Spooktacular Halloween Schemes. The schemes will take place from Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November at Richhill and Tandragee Recreation Centre.

The schemes are suitable for children and young people aged between 4 to 14 years old, they are supervised by qualified staff and will be packed full of fun with a programme of sports, games, arts and crafts, themed events and much more.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson, encourages young people to come along to a scheme near them, he said: “The schemes are a fantastic incentive for young people to come together in their communities over the mid-term break, it’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the children here this morning and I hope they enjoy an action packed week of activities in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere”.

Early bird, half day and full day sessions are available at affordable prices with savings for weekly tickets purchased. Any parent interested in their child attending the Halloween scheme is advised to contact Richhill Recreation Centre on t: 028 3887 0718 or Tandragee Recreation Centre on t: 028 3884 1110 as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

 

 

19 Oct

Disability Sport NI recently launched a project which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland, through participation in sport and active recreation – and the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area will benefit greatly.

The ‘District Council Disability Sports Hub Project’ gave all council areas disability sports equipment packs including: twelve sports wheelchairs, one rugby wheelchair, three track chairs, five hand cycles, four tandem bikes, three trikes, three boccia sets and one sensory activity pack.

Council has now organised a session for anyone with a disability to come along and try out some of this equipment and learn how they can use it on a regular basis to help increase their activity levels.

The taster session will take place on Saturday 21st October from 10am to 1pm at Brownlow Community Hub. For more information or to book your place please contact Ryan or Clare on 028 3831 1690.

This wide variety of equipment is suitable for both adults and children with the track chairs and hand cycles being a brand new addition to the borough. These, along with the tandems and trikes, can all be hired from Craigavon Watersports Centre and will also be available from other locations throughout the borough from next Spring.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome this sports equipment pack to benefit people within our community who have a disability,” commented Councillor Declan McAlinden, Chair of the Leisure Services Committee.

“This project is a fantastic way of helping to open up more opportunities for people with disabilities to get active. I look forward to seeing the impact that this equipment will have and that those using it will get much enjoyment out of it.”

Kevin O’Neill, Disability Sport NI’s Chief Executive said, “The establishment of a Disability Sports Hub in all eleven of our District Council areas is a real game changer for people with disabilities here. Disabled people are currently half as likely to participate in sport as non-disabled people and this initiative will make a huge difference in helping us get more people with disabilities active in every area of Northern Ireland.’

Fergus Devitt, Director of Active Communities at the Department for Communities said: “I am delighted that the Department is able to support the implementation of the disability sector’s ‘Active Living: No Limits’ Action Plan that seeks over the next 5 years to bring about positive change to the social, recreational and sporting life of people with disabilities.

 

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“Our investment of £1m will increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sporting activities, to provide equipment for disability sports hubs in each Council area and also to enable access to several watersports venues and activities.

“It is important that we maintain this impressive start to our collective implementation of the Action Plan, to ensure the continued positive experiences of involvement and inclusion and to promote not only recreational enjoyment of sporting activity but potentially the development of our paralympic champions for the future.”

Funded by the Department for Communities through Sport NI, this £500,000 project is part of the Active Living: No Limits 2021 Action Plan.

17 Oct

Following the overwhelming demand for Portadown People’s Park Halloween Spooktacular event, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is releasing extra tickets for the event which takes place on Monday 30th October!

Have your computer, tablet or mobile phone ready to go this Friday 20th October at 4pm for your chance to get your hands on these extra tickets by visiting www.portadownpeoplespark.co.uk

The first 2000 tickets were snapped up within two hours, so the Council has decided to put on extra ‘terrifying tours’ so that even more families can enjoy a spine tingling interactive journey around the illuminated park, filled with spooky sounds and scary but friendly characters to entertain all!

With creepy crafts workshops, face painting, balloon twisting, glitter tattoos, whizzy dizzy and vortex tunnel this will be a night you won’t forget!

Remember the date – Friday 20th October at 4pm! Log onto www.portadownpeoplespark.co.uk for tickets! A limited number will be available. Tours will start on Monday 30th October at 4.30pm and will run every five minutes with the last tour at 8.45pm.

Please note – all access to the Park will be closed from midday on Sunday 29th October to facilitate setup for the Spooktacular event the following day. Access to the event will be permitted via the main gate at Park Road from 4.15pm.

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