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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 *protected email* 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: https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/12/10/gp-stories/

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: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/

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

29 Apr

Forget about the world, unwind and begin your journey to better health with a FREE six week Chi Me programme in the beautiful setting of Lurgan Park.

Starting on Friday 31st May, from 10am to 11am, the series of Tai Chi influenced exercises will help put a spring in your step as you relax, breathe deeply and perform graceful upper and lower body moves that flow into each other.

Chi Me exercises can help improve muscular strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility and relaxation – so why not give it a try!

Meeting at the Fountain, the Chi Me sessions will take place every Friday until 5th July. Please wear flat footwear and comfortable trousers.

Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment please book early by contacting Leanne McShane on 07766 740 427 or leanne.mcshane@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

25 Apr

Forget about the world, unwind and begin your journey to better health with a FREE six week Chi Me programme in the beautiful setting of Portadown People’s Park.

Starting on Thursday 23rd May, from 10am to 11am, the series of Tai Chi influenced exercises will help put a spring in your step as you relax, breathe deeply and perform graceful upper and lower body moves that flow into each other.

Chi Me exercises can help improve muscular strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility and relaxation – so why not give it a try!

Meeting at the Pavilion, the Chi Me sessions will take place every Thursday until 27th June. Please wear flat footwear and comfortable trousers.

Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment please book early by contacting David Mayers on 07425 632172 or david.mayers@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

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 www.TheOpen.com

09 Apr

Residents are invited to come along and have their say on a proposed new play park at Rectory Park Play Area.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a public meeting at Regenerate, 1B Ardress Park on Tuesday 16th April 2019 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 practice 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.

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 www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MMFPBParentsCarers before 30 April.

01 Apr

Easter Clubs will be taking place at:

Tandragee Recreation Centre – Tuesday 16th April – Friday 19th April & Wednesday 24th April to Friday 26th April.

Richhill Recreation Centre – Monday 15th – Friday 19th April & Wednesday 24th April – Friday 26th April.

Keady Recreation Centre – Friday 19th & Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th April.

The clubs 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 and much more.

Early bird, half day and full day sessions are available at affordable prices. Parents interested in their child attending are advised to contact their nearest Centre as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information on how to book visit https://bit.ly/2FHN9xo

27 Mar

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council today have unveiled designs following the recent announcement that Gosford Forest Park is to benefit from an £850,000 investment to create a unique outdoor play adventure experience.

Gosford Forest Park is located outside Markethill in County Armagh.  The 240-hectare estate features miles of paths and trails around the beautiful woodland and open park spaces.

Local people and families are encouraged to engage in a public consultation specially arranged to gain your views on the initial designs and will take place on Sunday 31st March at Gosford Forest Park, from 12noon to 5pm. Come along, meet the design team and have your say on their proposals – the design team will present detailed plans at 12noon and 3pm.

The Adventure Play Trail is being designed by award-winning landscape architects Davies White who have expertise in playful landscapes and innovative design. Since winning their first RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice Award the company have gone on to win over 15 national awards for innovative play space projects, including Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games Legacy Play Park.

The designs for Gosford Forest Park will showcase 5 iconic play structures linked by a 2km woodland play trail. The new outdoor adventure play experience will not only satisfy the growing demand for more child-orientated experiences in the Northern Ireland tourism market, it will establish Gosford Forest Park on a scale that is unprecedented amongst all other forest parks across the UK and Ireland, offering maximum play value, inclusivity and challenge for children of multiple age ranges.

If you are unable to make the public consultation session you can still provide us with your thoughts and views on the designs through our online consultation hub from Monday 1st April at www.getactiveabc.com/adventureplaytrail

Designs plans will remain online and display in the Function Hall at Gosford Forest Park for visitors to view and provide feedback until 28 April 2019.

26 Mar

As part of the council’s Capital Play Development Programme, the play park in Lurgan Park has been designated for refurbishment, with an investment of £250,000.

Before this refurbishment takes place, Council would like to hear resident’s views on where the new play park should be located. There are two options available, the existing site or a new site located close to the entrance of Waves Leisure Complex, Robert Street.

Please give us your views by completing our survey; this one will be online from 25/3/19 to 8/4/19:

https://armaghbanbridgecraigavon.citizenspace.com/health-and-recreation/lurgan-park-play-park 

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