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

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21 Jun

Outdoor activities at Craigavon Watersports and Golf Ski Centres

The key benefits of establishing outdoor activities as an important part of your child’s life have a wide range of benifits across health ,social and wellbeing areas. By undertaking adequate outdoor activity you will see an increase in health and physical development by improving sensory development, reducing obesity and stimulating blood cells.

In an age, where children are so tech savvy, it can be challenging for parents to take children away from television, computers and video games.

On top of that only 30% of the UK population are active enough.

Craigavon Watersports and Golf Ski Centre Children’s Summer Activity Days and Weeks.

Staff at the centers make outdoor activities fun according to your child’s interests. In doing so children slowly learn the importance of the great outdoors. In the longer term people can carry on been active in the outdoors long after involvement in traditional competitive ball sports end.

How we match our activity’s to the main benefits.

Health benefits

Outdoor activities help children stay fit and active which will benefit them in the long run. This can ward off health problems like obesity and heart ailments later in life. Some children frequently fall ill, being active in life will helps children stay healthy, feel hungry and have meals on time. Also being active helps children feel tired by the end of the day so they will sleep on time too!

Outdoor activities provide a physical element which raises the heart rate and burn calories, sports such as Tubing, Canoeing and cycling all achieve this.

Makes them competitive/ set targets & goals

When children play outside, they gain a sense of mastery and competency skills. Learning a new skill like climbing can help build a childs confidence. Playing games with a winner helps kids develop developing winning spirit.and boost self-esteem as well.

Archery, Footgolf and Climbing all have an element of competiveness by beating their own previous score, height gained or group winner.

Learning working in groups / social skills

When kids play with other kids, they learn to interact in groups, learn building strategy to win. They learn to adjust with kids of different temperament. This will help them when they grow up, in both their professional and personal life. Often when kids play, they have a lot of loud interactions and physical movements with other kids. On our summer activity days quite often they will not know the other kids they have to play with and that helps them develop social skills. They learn to be cordial and try and work well in groups often developing qualities like leadership and co-operation. They learn to interact with other children, often bonding over games and developing long lasting friendships.

We understand children like adults need to let of a of steam and make a bit of noise. This is achieved in a safe manner by staffs understanding of a child’s ability and understanding whilst all the time closely monitoring safety. Our activities like Aqua Park, Banana Boating and Tubing are particularly good for group work

Giving a sense of freedom

When kids play outdoors, adults are generally more lenient with them. With this sense of freedom children feel more enthusiastic, energetic and want to discover themselves.

Activities such as Sailing single handers and Snow Skiing are a favorite with kids and give a great sense of achievement and independence.

Learning to appreciate nature

Parents should take their kids for treks and nature camps. They will understand nature and science better. Helping them relax and sooth all five senses as well as teaching kids to respect nature.

Our Canoeing, climbing activities and Leave No Trace ethos helps them to understand and develop a love of nature.

25 May

“What do to for Boys and Girls” now available


The hugely popular activity booklet ‘What to do for Boys and Girls’ is now available online from Friday 26 May.


Parents thinking about how to keep the kids entertained over the summer months will be able to go and check out the wide range of activities on offer in the Craigavon area.


Produced by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the booklet has now been available online for three years and continues to help parents find out about activities, allowing them to get prepared and organised for the long summer months.


The family activities run from June right through to September, with fully qualified coaches and leaders, offering children fun and enjoyable summers schemes as well as the chance to improve their sporting or artistic skills.


With dance academies, judo, cricket, gymnastics, rowing, trampolining, Gaelic games, volleyball, tennis, water sports, soccer, events in the parks, art classes, family fun days and so much more there truly is something for everyone!

‘What to do for Boys and Girls’ can be viewed at or contact Sports Development on 028 38311690 for further assistance.

Please use the search bar on the right handside of your screen to find activities in the What to do for Boys & Girls Summer 2017 Booklet

03 Apr

Spring is in the air and with it comes the great news of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s ‘egg-stra’ special activity programme during the Easter holiday period.

Organised in conjunction with the Every Body Activity 2020 Programme and Angling First Ltd, the programme offers the opportunity for people across the borough to take part in a wide variety of fun and exciting recreational activities.

Running from Wednesday 19 April to Friday 21 April 2017 this year’s programme serves up a selection of sports courses including angling, dance, multi sports (which may include dance, football, gaelic games, volleyball, and racquet sports) and squash.

Courses will be held in a number of council facilities including Banbridge Leisure Centre and Dromore Community Centre.

Visit here to book