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

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20 Feb

Residents are invited to come along and have their say on a proposed play park in Avenue Road.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a public meeting at Avenue Road Community Centre on Wednesday 27th February at 7.00pm to discuss the equipment, layout and design.

At the meeting residents will be given the chance to have their questions answered about the proposed play area and learn how council aims to implement the good practise design principles outlined within its play strategy, enhancing play value at existing sites and ensuring the future new development delivers a quality play experience for everyone.

For more information, contact the play development officer on 0300 0300 900.

04 Feb

“Play is crucial to children’s healthy development and happiness and is vital for children’s mental health and wellbeing.”

It is through playing that children, from a very young age, engage with and learn about the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore the world, developing lifelong skills and competencies. From birth through to teenage years, babies and children develop important social and emotional skills through watching, listening and interacting with you and through their play. Good play experiences can therefore help nurture children’s emotional and mental health.

Life often throws challenges our way and it through talking, listening, interacting and playing that children learn to deal with these situations and develop new knowledge and coping skills.

As parents remember you play a vital role in encouraging children to be healthy:

  • Make time for fun and “down time” with your children, especially as they get older.
  • Enjoy some time watching, listening and playing with your child.
  • Allow your child to learn from their own mistakes with support.
  • Give your child age appropriate freedoms and help them learn their own limits. Show them you trust them to make appropriate decisions.
29 Jan

Evidence suggests that time spent in the natural environment offers developmental, emotional and overall health benefits for children. There are numerous benefits ranging from increased creativity and problem solving skills, reduced stress and anxiety, and increased physical activity.

Children who spend time outdoors in natural environments can be:

  • Happier – studies show fresh air, sunshine and increased activity levels all encourage good mood and reduce tendencies toward poor mental health.
  • Healthier – being outdoors in the natural environment helps children to access fresh air and vitamin D; indoor air is usually less healthy.
  • Calmer – exposure to nature and being outdoors can contribute to a healthy heart rate and reduced muscle tension including the production of stress hormones.
  • More physically active – children playing in natural environments can improve their motor fitness, coordination, balance and agility.
  • Better vision – being outdoors is good for eye health and time spent outdoors can help reduce short-sightedness in children.

“There’s no way that we can help children to learn to love and preserve this planet, if we don’t give them direct experiences with the miracles and blessings of nature.” – Anita Olds

24 Jan

Congratulations to the 72 girls who recently attended the Youth Sport Trust Girls Active Inspiration Day held in Craigavon which saw them developing their leadership and marketing skills.

The girls will now go back to their schools as role models and leaders with the confidence to encourage other girls to become more active through improved marketing and the delivery of new activities which appeal to a wider range of girls.

Youth Support Trust continue to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people, through improving mental and physical wellbeing, providing leadership opportunities and increasing overall achievement levels.

For more information on the work that Youth Support Trust do visit

21 Jan

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council will be holding a public meeting in Aghacommon on the 29th January as it forges ahead with implementing its play strategy and delivering its ambitious programme of improving outdoor play provision for all children across the borough.

With the public meeting organised, residents in each locality are encouraged to engage with the council and play an active role in bringing exciting play development proposals to fruition.

The Tannaghmore Gardens play park meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th of January at 7.00pm in St. Patricks Primary School, Aghacommon, Derrymacash Road.

These public meetings present a unique opportunity for members of the local community to share the views on site preference, design and layout of the play park along with choice  of play equipment. The council is committed to ensuring its extensive portfolio of play parks are maintained to the highest standards, developed to meet local need and well designed to provide quality play experiences for children in all parts of the borough.

For more information. contact the play development officer on 0300 0300 900.

27 Sep

Please see information about a new programme to be held at People’s Park Portadown.

We are offering 20 FREE places for boys and girls aged between 5-8 who do not play for any club at present.

This four week programme will offer coaching plus free equipment at the conclusion of the four weeks. Please note we can only offer 20 FREE places and registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Kids will also receive a FREE Messi football, activity book and a set of four cones.

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.




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