Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Health and Recreation Department

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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.




“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

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 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.

16 Oct

In preparation for the impact of Storm Ophelia, the council has agreed the following closures as precautionary measures in the interests of our customers and staff. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Bin Collections

Bins Collections will cease at 12noon today, please ensure your bin is secure.  We will advise as soon as possible when missed bins will be collected.

Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres will close today from 12noon.

Parks and Open spaces

All parks and outdoor facilities, including play parks, football pitches and cemeteries will close today from 12noon and will remain closed until inspections are carried out tomorrow.

Leisure, Community Centres & Town Halls

All Leisure and Community Centres including Town Halls will close today from 12noon.  The aim is to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday) morning when inspections are carried out.

Births, Deaths and Marriages

All registration services will close today at 12noon.  The service will reopen tomorrow, if you have an appointment for today this will be rescheduled tomorrow.

Tourism and Visitor Facilities

All tourism and visitor facilities will close today from 12noon including FE McWilliam Gallery, Market Place Theatre, Navan Centre, Visitor Information Centres and Armagh County Museum.

Update at 10am


The Council is working with multi-agencies in preparation for the storm.

Bin collections will go ahead today (Monday 16 October) as planned, please ensure your bins/boxes are secure.

There may be disruption to council services, we will provide regular updates to advise you of any affected services.

Find out more about strong winds warning power and travel advice

Information issued by the Executive Office:

The Met Office has issued a series of weather warnings for strong winds for tomorrow and Tuesday.

These include an amber wind warning for Northern Ireland for Monday as ex-Hurricane Ophelia passes through. This alert will be in effect from 15:00 to 22:00.
The Department of Education has advised that all schools should close tomorrow (Monday 16 October). This is entirely precautionary, however given the weather warnings and the fact that the most severe weather is forecast for when pupils are due to be leaving school, the Department believes that this is an appropriate response.

A regional meeting of multi-agency emergency responders met this evening to discuss a co-ordinated approach in light of the latest Met Office assessment. Key statutory agencies will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and are prepared to respond as appropriate.
It is important members of the public take care to protect themselves and their property from the effects of the strong winds. It is also likely that there will be some disruption to traffic and travel. For information on traffic and travel go to the TrafficwatchNI website
More detailed information on keeping safe and useful contact numbers is available on the nidirect website.

The public are reminded to monitor the Met Office forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings.

Emergency responders will continue to monitor this developing situation and issue further information as appropriate.

Members of the public should note the following numbers in case of emergency:
  • Emergency services – 999 or 112
  • Housing Executive – 03448 920 901
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks – 03457 643 643
  • NI Gas Emergency Service – 0800 002 001
  • Northern Ireland Water Waterline – 03457 440 088
  • Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100
11 Oct

Armagh 10 Mile Road Race and 4 Mile Fun Challenge Winners Announced

The Armagh 10 mile road race and 4 mile fun challenge now in its 18th year took place on Sunday 8th October with 696 participants between the two events.


The first male home in 10 mile race was Eoghan Totten from Newcastle AC in a time of 50.32, 2nd Paddy Hamilton from Slieve Gullion Runners came home in 51.35 and Declan Power finished in 55.01


The first three females were Laura Graham from Mourne Runners rocked home in 57.17, 2nd home was Cathy McCourt in a time of 1.03.17 and 3rd lady home was Esther Dickson from Newry AC in a time of 1.04.02


The 4 mile was won by Emma Mitchell from Queens in a time of 21.20 2nd was Rebecca Wallace from Fight for Annie in a time of 25.28 and 3rd lady home was Caroline O’Hare also from Fight for Annie in 25.55


The 1st male home in the 4 mile was Armagh AC’s Michael Kelly in 22.49, 2nd  also from Armagh AC was Joseph Hynes in 22.56 and 3rd male was Denis Cush in a time of 23.14.


Next year’s event will take place on Sunday 12the October 2018.  Hope to see you all out defending titles.

10 Oct

Spookily sporty fun for kids this Halloween

Kids are in for a spooktacular time this half term thanks to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s hauntingly happening Halloween Activity Programme.

Delivered by the Sport Northern Ireland’s Lottery-funded Every Body Activity 2020 Programme Coaches, the programme offers young people from across the borough the opportunity to take part in a variety of fun and exciting recreational activities.

Running from Monday 30 October to Wednesday 1 November this year’s programme serves up a sensational spine-tingling collection of sports courses including gymnastics, netball and multi sports.

Courses will be held in a number of council facilities including Banbridge Leisure Centre, Craigavon Leisure Centre and the Tommy Makem Arts and Community Centre, Keady.

For full details of courses and to book a place online go to Further information is also available by contacting Roisin O’Hagan, Community Sports Development Officer, on T: 028 3831 1677 or by downloading the programme here: Halloween Activities!.

All Halloween Activity Programme courses must be booked by Friday 27 October 2017 and early booking is highly recommended as spaces are limited.



13 Sep

Couch 2 5K September 2017

If you have always wanted to get into running but just didn’t know how, then look no further than the Couch to 5k starting in a variety of venues across the Borough! Pull on your trainers and join a group of like-minded people all aiming towards the same goal – gradually working up to running 5k or for half an hour in just nine weeks.

An experienced coach will lead each session and support you through the journey which involves a combination of walking and running. Regular running can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and having a stroke, boost your mood and keep your weight under control – so why not give it a go?

Sessions will take place as below: Solitude Park and The Mall, Armagh on 18th September at 6:30pm for 9 weeks, and People’s Park, Portadown and Silverwood Arena, Lurgan on 19th September at 6:30pm for 9 weeks.

To register click here and use our booking service to book your place.

Couch to 5K: tip for new runners – If you haven’t exercised for a while, chances are you may not have any suitable clothing. Don’t let this be an excuse – once you have the outfit sorted, you’re far more likely to feel motivated to get out there and use it

For more information, please visit:

12 Sep

13 September 2017

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is pleased to announce the launch of its Coach Education and Club Development Programme for 2017-18 which offers development opportunities for coaches and those involved in running a sports club.


Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson said: “I am delighted to officially launch the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Coach Education and Club Development Programme 2017-18. As a Council we recognise the valuable contribution made by our clubs, coaches and volunteers in the development of our athletes and local clubs across the Borough. With such a wide range of workshops on offer there is something relevant and innovative for coaches at all levels to support their development and ensure that the clubs within the Borough continue to excel”.


This year’s programme offers a mixture of workshops including the minimum operating standards workshops such as Safeguarding Children and Young People, Designated Officer and First Aid training, with specialised workshops on Automatic External Debrillation and Anaphylaxis and Auto Injector.


Stephen Moreton of Tigger Movement will deliver a ‘Marketing your Club on Social Media’ course which will explore how digital marketing and social media can be used to benefit your club.  Through the use of pracitical examples clubs will be able to immediately implement his ideas.


Jane Clenaghan of Vital Nutrition will present a Workshop entitled ‘Nutrition for Optimum Sports Performance’ which will focus on eating for engery, nutrition for recovery, managing DOMS and reducing injury risk, and effective and efficient hydration.  Jane will also highlight why antioxidants are essential for sport and how gut health is impaired with intensive exercise.


For those looking a more practically based course a numer of options are available including  Disability Awareness Training; Positive Behaviour Management in Sport and Delivering Enegaging Session for Young People.

coach development club

The programme also offers the Sport Northern Ireland Club Leaders NI workshop ‘Effective Organisatioanl Structures’ which will look at the Commuity Amateur Sports Club  or Chairty status of a club which is now a legal requirement for a club to be registered as one or the other.

To request a copy of the brochure please contact Sarah Aiken, Sports Development Assistant, T: 028 4066 0637 or Email: *protected email*.     Brochures are also available from all council leisure facilites and available to download and book at


05 Sep

Men’s Health & Physical Activity Programme
This FREE weekly programme is open to all Men. Held at the Orchard Leisure
Centre and also some other venues Complimentary return transport will be
provided from Orchard Leisure Centre to other venues, Light refreshments
are available.


9 Week Programme starts on Tuesday 26 September from 2.00pm – 3.00pm Orchard Leisure Centre, Armagh.

Applications Of interest for this programme must be received before 12 noon
on Thursday 14 September to Ciara Burke.


Interested in coming along?
Anyone interested in registering for this free programme should contact:
Ciara Burke

+44 (0)28 3752 9626


e: *protected email*

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