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04 Dec

FREE Tai Chi classes will be taking place in Banbridge Leisure Centre starting on Monday 6th January until Monday 23rd March 2020 from 2.30pm -3.30pm.

Tai Chi for health is a series of relaxed, gentle movements that can improve fitness, muscle strength, flexibility, balance and reduce the risk of falling.

Tai Chi for Health is particularly beneficial for people with arthritis, however anyone can enjoy the health benefits of the programme.

To book a place please contact Cathy Devlin on Tel: 028 3831 2533 or email
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment

26 Jun

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are continuing to Shake up Summer for kids with the return of the £1 Junior Swim offer at leisure centres across the borough.

From 1 July until 31 August 2019, Banbridge Leisure Centre, Cascades Leisure Centre, Craigavon Leisure Centre, Orchard Leisure Centre and Waves Leisure Centre will all be offering the popular deal which allows children and young people living in and around the borough to enjoy a swimming session this summer for just £1.

Speaking at the launch at Orchard Leisure Centre, Armagh, Lord Mayor, Councillor Mealla Campbell said: “I’m delighted the council are once again offering the £1 Junior Swim, it’s great value for money and a perfect way to have fun with family and friends over the Summer months. The importance of young people being able to swim cannot be underestimated so I fully support the council continuing with this excellent incentive.”

The £1 Junior Swim is available for anyone aged 17 and under. Children aged four and under can swim FREE at any of the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council pools all year round. Children under the age of eight are not permitted to use the swimming pool without being accompanied by an adult.

Swim times and pool opening hours for all participating centres are available online HERE.

For the full getactiveabc kids Shake up Summer 19 programme, please visit

06 Jun

The spotlight is getting ready to shine on the borough’s young sporting champions as nominations are now being accepted for the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Junior Sports Awards 2019 which will take place on Friday 27th September in Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre.

Organised by Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum in association with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the awards recognise the wealth of young sporting talent in the borough and celebrate the achievements of those who have excelled in their chosen sport.

The awards were launched at McKeever Sports, Intersport in Rushmere Shopping Centre by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mealla Campbell, along with Chairperson of the Forum, Edith Jamison, Headline Sponsor McKeever Sports representative Sarah Jane Owens, two of the Forum’s Ambassador Bursary recipients Jodie McKew and Emma Mitchell, and Denise Watson, compere for this year’s awards.

Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor said, “I am delighted to launch the Junior Sports Awards to recognise and celebrate the successes this year of the young people of our Borough. It is also a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the dedication of coaches and volunteers for all of their hard work’.

Nominations are sought in the twelve categories of Junior Male, Junior Female, Junior School Team, Junior Club Team, Youth Male, Youth Female, Youth School Team, Youth Club Team, School Coach, Club Coach, Volunteer, Sports Person with a Learning Disability and Sports Person with a Physical or Sensory Disability. Details of the age range for each category is available on the nomination form.

Nomination forms are now available from all council leisure and community facilities across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

Completed forms must be returned to Anne Benson, Junior Sports Awards, Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Lurgan, BT66 6NJ or emailed to  before 12noon on Friday 21st June 2019.

For further information contact the Sports Development Department on 028 3752 9636 (Armagh), 028 4066 0605 (Banbridge) or 028 3831 1693 (Craigavon).

04 Jun

Some of The Archway Staff and families who came to Parkrun in Armagh on Saturday 1st June. It is one year on from when Parkrun and Royal College of GP’s teamed up to promote Parkrun. Archway are proud to be a Parkrun practice and to promote activity and lifestyle interventions as ways of improving our health.

Many of the health problems that we see day to day can be helped by exercise. Walking or running in the fresh air on a Saturday morning with a supportive community is a lovely way to get regular activity. Blood pressure, weight, joint pains, anxiety and mood problems are among many conditions that can often benefit significantly from exercise.

Did you know that research shows regular physical exercise can almost half your risk of developing dementia? There are some wonderful stories of how Parkrun has helped individuals with health problems here:

We suggest that you start gently if you haven’t taken much exercise for a while. Talk to your own GP or practice nurse if you have any questions. The NHS Couch to 5K podcast is a great way to get started:

Come along to Armagh Palace Demesne any Saturday at 9.30am and walk, jog or run.

16 Apr

Join us at an exciting celebration to mark the momentous return of the #TheOpen to our shores. On Thursday 9th May from 11am – 1pm, we will be teeing off at the Shambles Yard, Armagh to proudly show how Northern Ireland is truly Made for Golf and ready to warmly welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world to Northern Ireland for The 148th Open.

Local schools, golf clubs, sports stars and stakeholders from the local community, will join together at the Shambles Yard to celebrate all that Northern Ireland has to offer and show their support for the return of the historic Championship to Royal Portrush this July.

We would be delighted if you could support “The Epic Journey to The 148th Open” and join us for this special celebration from 11am -1pm.

Rory McIlroy’s replica Claret Jug from his Open win in 2014 at Royal Liverpool will be on show and there will be opportunities to be pictured with it and our huge #TheOpen letter sculpture. You can also learn about the Championship and stand-out Stay and Play breaks in the local area, meet our local sports personalities and enter our “pitch and putt” competition to win a Tourism NI Made for Golf goody bag.

By sharing your picture with #TheOpen letters on the day and sharing on social media, you will be in with a chance to win two complimentary tickets to the sold-out Championship!

For any queries please visit

08 Apr

The Mae Murray Foundation and PlayBoard NI are surveying parents and carers on play opportunities for children with disabilities. We are particularly interested in hearing views on fixed play areas i.e. play areas which have play equipment installed. The information gathered through the survey will be used as the basis for a new guidance document which will aim to influence the design and development of more inclusive play areas that meet the needs of all children.

We encourage parents and carers to complete the survey as we are keen to hear about the experiences of as many children as possible. The more people that take part, the bigger the impact we can make.

To complete the survey go to before 30 April.

13 Mar

Sunday 17th March 2019

Banbridge Leisure Centre: 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Cascades Leisure Complex: Closed

Craigavon Leisure Centre: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Orchard Leisure Centre: Closed (St.Patricks Parade)

Waves Leisure Complex: Closed


Monday 18th March 2019

Banbridge Leisure Centre: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Cascades Leisure Complex: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Craigavon Leisure Centre: Closed

Orchard Leisure Centre: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Waves Leisure Complex: Closed

07 Mar

Gosford Forest Mountain Bike Trail Public Meeting

An opportunity to ride the trails, discuss issues and give constructive feedback on the trails at Gosford.

Date – Saturday 9th & 23rd March

Time – 10am – 12pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm

10 spaces available per session.

Staff Member – Peter McAtasney

Required – Mountain Bike, helmet and outdoor clothing.

We look forward to hearing your views and comments on the day. For more information on the trails at Gosford visit or contact Gosford via

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.

19 Oct
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are developing a new five year Aquatics Framework for the Borough for 2019 – 2024. The Framework will focus on working together with key stakeholders to develop the area of aquatics, which includes all aspects of swimming pool related activities and outdoor swimming.

As part of this consultation process we are seeking the opinions of as many members of the public as possible whether you currently participate in council run swimming activities or not.