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Santa’s Schedule

Santa’s Schedule

22 November 2023

There’s lots happening this December in Lisburn & Castlereagh!

Get in the festive swing at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex by taking on a Christmas themed Mission Inflatable session on either Sunday 10th or Sunday 17th December with a choice of 3 session times each day:  2.00pm – 2.45pm,3.00pm – 3.45pm or 4.00pm – 4.45pm.  Enjoy live DJ entertainment and prize giveaways.  Minimum ages apply and pre-booking is essential.  

Or why not book a ticket for the first ever Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree Silent Christmas Disco on Tuesday 12 December 2023 from 6.30pm – 7.15pm?  This merry session is aimed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders and those with sensory sensitivities, aged 4 to 13 years.

Pre-booking is essential and booking opens 7 days in advance of the event date. Visit here to book online.

Join the main man himself at Dundonald International Ice Bowl and book your seat at Santa’s table to enjoy either breakfast or supper and a choice of ice skating, tenpin bowling or Indiana Land for a magical festive treat.

Breakfast with Santa runs every Saturday and Sunday from 2nd to 23rd December at 10.15am. Children can enjoy breakfast, a visit to Santa’s grotto where they will receive a selection pack, followed by an activity for £18.50pp, while adults can avail of breakfast for only £6.50pp.

Supper with Santa runs every Saturday evening from 2nd December to 23rd December at 5.15pm. Children can enjoy an activity followed by supper, a visit to the grotto and a selection pack for £18.50pp. Adults can also avail of supper for only £7.95pp.

Booking for Breakfast and Supper with Santa is essential. Telephone the Sales and Bookings Team on 028 90809 123/129.

Make Christmas 2023 one to remember and take to the ice for a yuletide skate with Santa. Skate with Santa runs every Saturday from 2nd December until 23rd December with a choice of two session times, 1.30pm – 3pm or 3.30pm – 5pm. There is no need to prebook.

Get ready to jingle all the way at Rudolph’s Rockin’ Christmas Disco which will take place in Indiana Land on Thursday 21st December from 6pm – 7.30pm.  Join in on an evening of non-stop Christmas cheer with live DJ Entertainment, prize giveaways and a special visit from Santa! Pre-booking is essential. Click here to book.

Do you enjoy keeping active this Christmas? Then be sure to book your place at the annual Santa Dash, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff!

Set yourself a challenge to complete as many laps as you can, up to a maximum of five, across the spectacular glow light trail. You don’t need to be an experienced runner, just bring along some Christmas spirit! It’s the perfect event for families, plus there is a special Christmas warm up for a night of festive fun! Registration costs £5, which includes your very own Santa hat and a selection box for crossing the finish line. To register, click here.  

Launching the Christmas events, Chair of Communities and Wellbeing Committee Councillor Thomas Beckett commented, “I am delighted that Santa will be visiting Lisburn & Castlereagh once again this year.  I have heard he is especially excited to take up residence in his new, sparkling grotto at Dundonald International Ice Bowl and looks forward to meeting lots of children and their families this season.

We are pleased as a council to host a range of festive events to give all children the opportunity to enjoy a special day out over the festive period and capture memories that will last a lifetime.

The Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree Silent Christmas Disco is a brand-new event and suitable for children aged 4 – 13 years. Tailored specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders and those with sensory sensitivities, this ticketed event is likely to be well received.

The Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre is always well attended with proceeds raising funds for the Mayor’s chosen charity, Cancer Fund for Children, which provides support to children and young people facing cancer or living with a parent facing cancer.

I would urge everyone to have a look at the range of events happening throughout December as there really is something for everyone.”

Pictured left to right is Darci Sloan, Jodie Dowling, Santa Claus, Chair of Communities & Wellbeing Committee; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Jamie Collins at Supper with Santa at Dundonald International Ice Bowl.

Santa’s Schedule at Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Lough Moss Leisure Centre

Santa’s Schedule at Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Lough Moss Leisure Centre

22 November 2023

Santa has set up temporary residence at Lisburn & Castlereagh this December!

Join the main man himself at Dundonald International Ice Bowl and book your seat at Santa’s table to enjoy either breakfast or supper and a choice of ice skating, tenpin bowling or Indiana Land for a magical festive treat.

Breakfast with Santa runs every Saturday and Sunday from 2nd to 23rd December at 10.15am. Children can enjoy breakfast, a visit to Santa’s grotto where they will receive a selection pack, followed by an activity for £18.50pp, while adults can avail of breakfast for only £6.50pp.

Supper with Santa runs every Saturday evening from 2nd December to 23rd December at 5.15pm. Children can enjoy an activity followed by supper, a visit to the grotto and a selection pack for £18.50pp. Adults can also avail of supper for only £7.95pp.

Booking for Breakfast and Supper with Santa is essential. Telephone the Sales and Bookings Team on 028 90809 123/129.

Make Christmas 2023 one to remember and take to the ice for a yuletide skate with Santa. Skate with Santa runs every Saturday from 2nd December until 23rd December with a choice of two session times, 1.30pm – 3pm or 3.30pm – 5pm. There is no need to prebook.

Get ready to jingle all the way at Rudolph’s Rockin’ Christmas Disco which will take place in Indiana Land on Thursday 21st December from 6pm – 7.30pm.  Join in on an evening of non-stop Christmas cheer with live DJ Entertainment, prize giveaways and a special visit from Santa!

Christmas Party Packages are also available. Choose from a wide selection of activities and catering packages to create a customised party package to suit elves of all ages!  

Get in the festive swing at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex by taking on a Christmas themed Mission Inflatable session on either Sunday 10th or Sunday 17th December with a choice of 3 session times each day:  2.00pm – 2.45pm,3.00pm – 3.45pm or 4.00pm – 4.45pm.  Enjoy live DJ entertainment and prize giveaways.  Minimum ages apply. Pre-booking is essential.  

Or why not book a ticket for the first ever Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree Silent Christmas Disco on Tuesday 12 December 2023 from 6.30pm – 7.15pm?

This merry session is aimed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders and those with sensory sensitivities, aged 4 to 13 years.  Pre-booking is essential and booking opens 7 days in advance of the event date. Visit www.theleisureplex.com to book online. 

Do you enjoy keeping active this Christmas? Then be sure to book your place at the annual Santa Dash, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff!

Set yourself a challenge to complete as many laps as you can, up to a maximum of five, across the spectacular glow light trail. You don’t need to be an experienced runner, just bring along some Christmas spirit! It’s the perfect event for families, plus there is a special Christmas warm up for a night of festive fun! Registration costs £5, which includes your very own Santa hat and a selection box for crossing the finish line. To register, visit www.theleisureplex.com/book-online

Launching the Christmas events, Chair of Communities and Wellbeing Committee Councillor Thomas Beckett commented, “I am delighted that Santa will be visiting Lisburn & Castlereagh once again this year.  I have heard he is especially excited to take up residence in his new, sparkling grotto at Dundonald International Ice Bowl and looks forward to meeting lots of children and their families this season.

We are pleased as a council to host a range of festive events to give all children the opportunity to enjoy a special day out over the festive period and capture memories that will last a lifetime.

The Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree Silent Christmas Disco is a brand-new event and suitable for children aged 4 – 13 years. Tailored specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders and those with sensory sensitivities, this ticketed event is likely to be well received.

The Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre is always well attended with proceeds raising funds for the Mayor’s chosen charity, Cancer Fund for Children, which provides support to children and young people facing cancer or living with a parent facing cancer.

I would urge everyone to have a look at the range of events happening throughout December as there really is something for everyone.”

Pictured left to right is Darci Sloan, Jodie Dowling, Santa Claus, Chair of Communities & Wellbeing Committee; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Jamie Collins

Gear up for Festive Fun at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Magical Santa Dash

Gear up for Festive Fun at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Magical Santa Dash

20 November 2023

As the holiday season approaches, local families are lacing up their festive running shoes as they prepare to take part in the annual Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre.

The popular event will take place at the Carryduff facility on Wednesday 13th December at 6.30pm.

Participants will be immersed in Christmas cheer as they run, jog, or walk along a spectacular glow light trail.  This event is the perfect activity for families as you simply complete as many laps as you can, up to a maximum of five. There is also a special Zumba warm-up by one of Santa’s elves to keep everyone’s toes defrosted!

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Andrew Gowan said, “Whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking to embrace the joy of the season, I encourage everyone to sign up!  All you need is a dash of Christmas spirit and a smile. It's the perfect opportunity for families, friends or those looking to set themselves a festive challenge.

“The entry fee is £5, which includes your very own Santa hat and a well-deserved selection box for crossing the finish line. The proceeds will help raise funds for my chosen mayoral charity Cancer Fund for Children, which provides support to children and young people facing cancer or living with a parent facing cancer. Please spread the word and get as many Santa dressed participants running or walking to help support this worthy cause.”

Sarah Clements, Partnerships and Philanthropy Lead Executive, Cancer Fund for Children added, “We are looking forward to this festive fundraising event. The vital services provided by our charity work to connect, empower and strengthen children, young people and families impacted by cancer, providing support in the family home, on the hospital ward and in our therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge and residential care centre, Narnia Log Cabin. With your support, together we can ensure that no child has to face cancer alone.

“We urge all those interested to sign up before 12th December and dash your way around the trail at Lough Moss Leisure Centre!”

Registration for the Santa Dash is available online by visiting www.theleisureplex.com/book-onlineBookings will close on Tuesday 12 December.

Pictured L-R- Beth Black, Fundraising & Events Administrator, Cancer Fund for Children, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Gowan and Santa Claus.

Gear up for Festive Fun at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Magical Santa Dash

Gear up for Festive Fun at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Magical Santa Dash

20 November 2023

As the holiday season approaches, local families are lacing up their festive running shoes as they prepare to take part in the annual Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre.

The popular event will take place at the Carryduff facility on Wednesday 13th December at 6.30pm.

Participants will be immersed in Christmas cheer as they run, jog, or walk along a spectacular glow light trail.  This event is the perfect activity for families as you simply complete as many laps as you can, up to a maximum of five. There is also a special Zumba warm-up by one of Santa’s elves to keep everyone’s toes defrosted!

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Andrew Gowan said, “Whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking to embrace the joy of the season, I encourage everyone to sign up!  All you need is a dash of Christmas spirit and a smile. It's the perfect opportunity for families, friends or those looking to set themselves a festive challenge.

“The entry fee is £5, which includes your very own Santa hat and a well-deserved selection box for crossing the finish line. The proceeds will help raise funds for my chosen mayoral charity Cancer Fund for Children, which provides support to children and young people facing cancer or living with a parent facing cancer. Please spread the word and get as many Santa dressed participants running or walking to help support this worthy cause.”

Sarah Clements, Partnerships and Philanthropy Lead Executive, Cancer Fund for Children added, “We are looking forward to this festive fundraising event. The vital services provided by our charity work to connect, empower and strengthen children, young people and families impacted by cancer, providing support in the family home, on the hospital ward and in our therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge and residential care centre, Narnia Log Cabin. With your support, together we can ensure that no child has to face cancer alone.

“We urge all those interested to sign up before 12th December and dash your way around the trail at Lough Moss Leisure Centre!”

Registration for the Santa Dash is available online by visiting www.theleisureplex.com/book-online. Bookings will close on Tuesday 12 December.

Pictured L-R- Beth Black, Fundraising & Events Administrator, Cancer Fund for Children, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Gowan and Santa Claus.

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Celebrates Local Champion and Guinness World Record Breaker

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Celebrates Local Champion and Guinness World Record Breaker

25 October 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has announced the latest winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award for August & September.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Executive Committee and each successful winner is presented with a £100 Decathlon voucher.

Sports Personality winner for August was tramploinist, Jay Downey. The 14 year old is the current NI and Irish Champion for his age group. His outstanding performances in August 2023 secured him a spot at the World Championships in Birmingham, England, which will take place from the 13th to the 20th of November 2023. Jay recently competed in the 2023 Loulé Cup which was held in Loulé, Portugal from the 11th to the 15th October. We wish Jay all the very best for the World Championships next month.

September’s Sports Personality winner was Jessika Robson, an open water swimmer who made history on 9th September 2023. At just 17 years old, Jessika became the youngest swimmer ever to conquer the North Channel, regarded as the toughest of the Ocean Seven swims. Jessika started her 41km swim in Donaghadee, south of Belfast Lough and finished in Portpartrick, Scotland. With unwavering determination Jessika completed the challenging swim, battling strong tides and currents along with several bad Lion Mane Jelly stings in a time of 11 hours and 46 minutes and in doing so, set a Guinness World Record for being the youngest person ever to attempt it, let alone complete it.

Vice Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, John McFaul, commented, “The level of sporting talent unearthed across the council area continues to be unbelievably impressive. This month we have celebrated a NI & Irish champion and a Guinness World Record breaker. Both teens should be extremely proud of their remarkable achievements. I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a Sports Personality of the Month nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. For more details or to nominate, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthoctobernovember23/?fbclid=IwAR13pEd-QpxuRjsGdCYvE1YcR1XznuOgYryWSiP_RCkvhDr8gU-eGdzr49s  Nominations close on Friday 1st December 2023 at 5pm.

Pictured L-R: Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Vice Chair, John McFaul, Jay Downey, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Development Officer, Faron Morrison, Jessika Robson and Matthew Ferguson, Communication Manager, Decathlon Belfast.

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Celebrates Local Champion and Guinness World Record Breaker

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Celebrates Local Champion and Guinness World Record Breaker

25 October 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has announced the latest winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award for August & September.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Executive Committee and each successful winner is presented with a £100 Decathlon voucher.

Sports Personality winner for August was tramploinist, Jay Downey. The 14 year old is the current NI and Irish Champion for his age group. His outstanding performances in August 2023 secured him a spot at the World Championships in Birmingham, England, which will take place from the 13th to the 20th of November 2023. Jay recently competed in the 2023 Loulé Cup which was held in Loulé, Portugal from the 11th to the 15th October. We wish Jay all the very best for the World Championships next month.

September’s Sports Personality winner was Jessika Robson, an open water swimmer who made history on 9th September 2023. At just 17 years old, Jessika became the youngest swimmer ever to conquer the North Channel, regarded as the toughest of the Ocean Seven swims. Jessika started her 41km swim in Donaghadee, south of Belfast Lough and finished in Portpartrick, Scotland. With unwavering determination Jessika completed the challenging swim, battling strong tides and currents along with several bad Lion Mane Jelly stings in a time of 11 hours and 46 minutes and in doing so, set a Guinness World Record for being the youngest person ever to attempt it, let alone complete it.

Vice Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, John McFaul, commented, “The level of sporting talent unearthed across the council area continues to be unbelievably impressive. This month we have celebrated a NI & Irish champion and a Guinness World Record breaker. Both teens should be extremely proud of their remarkable achievements. I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a Sports Personality of the Month nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. For more details or to nominate, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthoctobernovember23/?fbclid=IwAR13pEd-QpxuRjsGdCYvE1YcR1XznuOgYryWSiP_RCkvhDr8gU-eGdzr49s Nominations close on Friday 1st December 2023 at 5pm.

Pictured L-R: Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Vice Chair, John McFaul, Jay Downey, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Development Officer, Faron Morrison, Jessika Robson and Matthew Ferguson, Communication Manager, Decathlon Belfast.

Dundonald International Ice Bowl launch brand new Disability Sledging and Inclusive Ice Skating

Dundonald International Ice Bowl launch brand new Disability Sledging and Inclusive Ice Skating

09 October 2023

Dundonald International Ice Bowl is delighted to launch two brand new inclusive and accessible ice sessions, commencing from Friday 13 October 2023 and suitable for those age 4 and over.

Disability Sledging and Inclusive Ice Skating sessions, which will be held on the last Friday of every month from 4.15pm – 5.15pm, aim to open up ice sports to disabled people in Northern Ireland.

In partnership with the Belfast Giants, Disability Sledging sessions will offer individuals with physical and mobility-related disabilities access to experience ice sports.

The specialised adapted sledges have been funded by the Department for Communities, supported by the Belfast Giants’ official community outreach partner, Belfast Harbour.

Each adaptive ice sledge has two skate blades, mounted on a metal bracket which supports a metal frame and plastic seat.  Fully adjustable, the sledge can accommodate a range of user sizes. 

Participants can take to the ice on the sled with two short ice hockey sticks, equipped with small picks.  These allow the user to manoeuvre around the ice using their upper body strength.  Wheelchair users are welcome to the sessions.

Trained Dundonald International Ice Bowl staff will be on hand during the Disability Sledge sessions to provide assistance.  Belfast Giant players will also be in attendance, match schedule permitting.   

Alongside Disability Sledding, Dundonald International Ice Bowl is thrilled to introduce Inclusive Ice Skating.   

Also taking place on the last Friday of the month at 4.15pm – 5.15pm, these sessions are suitable for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, those with sensory sensitivities and non-mobility-related disabilities.

The specialised skating aids, purchased by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council,

are fully height adjustable with a maximum weight restriction of 220 pounds (lb).  Trained Ice Bowl staff will assist with the fitting of the skating aids to the individual’s requirements before the session begins.

Commenting on the new ice sessions, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee Councillor Thomas Beckett said:

“We are delighted to partner with the Belfast Giants to introduce Disability Sledging here at Dundonald International Ice Bowl.  The exciting initiative has been made possible by the impressive equipment loaned by the Belfast Giants.   It is our aim to progress these sessions in the future to include sticks, pucks and nets for a Disability Ice Hockey experience.

The council is pleased to introduce Inclusive Ice Skating.  Following extensive research, the innovative skating aids, purchased by the council from Finland, are suitable for those with non-mobility-related disabilities who require a little extra assistance on the ice.

Both disability friendly ice sessions will take place on the last Friday of the month and coincide with our popular ASD Indiana Land sessions which run the second and last Friday of the month. 

As a council, we aim to create an enjoyable and inclusive experience for visitors to our facilities.  We hope the sessions open up ice sports for disabled people, continuing to remove barriers to participation in sport and physical activity.”

Both sessions are available to Buddy Card holders. Find out more about Buddy Cards.

Click here to book into a Disability Sledging and Inclusive Ice Skating sessions

Pictured is Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee Councillor Thomas Beckett, Jordan Graham and Jodie Dowling, Dundonald International Ice Bowl Trained Inclusive Ice Skating staff with Mark Cooper and Ben Lake, Belfast Giants players launching Disability Sledging and Inclusive Ice Skating.

Councillor Thomas Beckett with Belfast Giant's players Mark Cooper and Ben Lake, showcasing the Disability Sledges. 

Councillor Thomas Beckett pictured with Jordan Graham and Jodie Dowling, Dundonald International Ice Bowl staff and one of the brand new inclusive ice skating aids.  

Final call for nominations for 2023 Drayne’s Farm Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Sports Awards

Final call for nominations for 2023 Drayne’s Farm Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Sports Awards

12 September 2023

Nominations will remain open for the 2023 Drayne’s Farm Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Sports Awards until Monday 2 October 2023 at 12pm.  Held annually, the prestigious awards aim to recognise the wealth of sporting talent of individuals and teams, residing or based, in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

The awards evening will take place at a ceremony held at La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Friday 17 November 2023. The event will focus on the sporting achievements of individuals and teams either through direct participation in sport or contributions as a coach or administrator. 

Nomination categories are now open for; Sports Club of the Year, Sports Coach of the Year, Senior Sports Club Team of the Year, Junior Sports Club Team of the Year, School Sports Team of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year, Senior Sports Personality of the Year, Sports Person with a Disability of the Year and Disability Sports Team of the Year. 

The Alison Slater Junior and David Edwards Senior Merit Awards are also available to commend volunteers for their dedication and essential behind the scenes support to their club.

This year’s awards ceremony will again be presented by broadcaster and event host Claire McCollum with the Special Guest to be announced in the coming weeks.

Launching the 2023 Drayne’s Farm Sports Awards, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett said, “The Sports Awards recognises significant achievement and commitment to voluntary sport within the LCCC area.  Given the wide range of sporting success in Lisburn and Castlereagh, the awards are a fantastic way to celebrate and mark the difference our athletes and teams are making to their communities.

“The closing date to make a nomination for the Sports Awards is Friday 2nd October 2023. I would urge everyone to take a moment to nominate an individual, club or school for the opportunity to get the recognition their sporting achievements deserve,” concluded Councillor Beckett.

Jimmy Walker, Chairperson of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added, “I am delighted that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for once again to recognise those locally who have encountered sporting success over the last year.

“The dedication and determination demonstrated by the athletes in terms of hours of training, whilst juggling other life commitments, is no mean feat. We also look to recognise those unsung heroes whose valuable technical support and coaching are not only vital, but an inspiration to others.

“I would like to thank Drayne’s Farm for kindly sponsoring the awards and I hope many clubs and individuals will be encouraged to take the time to make a nomination and celebrate the wealth of sporting greatness in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Ewan McAteer, winner of the 2022 Senior Sports Personality of the Year Award added, “It was an incredible experience to be nominated for an award last year, but to win the Senior Sports Personality of the Year surpassed my expectations.  2022 was a phenomenal year for myself as I competed at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and became the first ever gymnast from Northern Ireland to make a final on the vault. I was also selected to represent Ireland for the European Championships and competed at the World Cup as a senior for the first time, all whilst studying dentistry full time, which I have recently graduated from.

My gymnastics journey started with City of Lisburn Salto National Gymnastics Centre back when I was age 8. Being recognised locally with this award is an honour and I hope I can continue to show that hard work and dedication does pay off!”

Nominations are welcome from schools, clubs and individuals, residing or based in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

Nomination forms can be completed online www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/sports-awards-2023 Further information if required can be obtained by emailing faron.morrison@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is strictly Monday 2nd October 2023 at 12 noon.

Final call for nominations for 2023 Drayne’s Farm Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Sports Awards

Final call for nominations for 2023 Drayne’s Farm Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Sports Awards

12 September 2023

Nominations will remain open for the 2023 Drayne’s Farm Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Sports Awards until Monday 2 October 2023 at 12pm.  Held annually, the prestigious awards aim to recognise the wealth of sporting talent of individuals and teams, residing or based, in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

The awards evening will take place at a ceremony held at La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Friday 17 November 2023. The event will focus on the sporting achievements of individuals and teams either through direct participation in sport or contributions as a coach or administrator. 

Nomination categories are now open for; Sports Club of the Year, Sports Coach of the Year, Senior Sports Club Team of the Year, Junior Sports Club Team of the Year, School Sports Team of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year, Senior Sports Personality of the Year, Sports Person with a Disability of the Year and Disability Sports Team of the Year. 

The Alison Slater Junior and David Edwards Senior Merit Awards are also available to commend volunteers for their dedication and essential behind the scenes support to their club.

This year’s awards ceremony will again be presented by broadcaster and event host Claire McCollum with the Special Guest to be announced in the coming weeks.

Launching the 2023 Drayne’s Farm Sports Awards, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett said, “The Sports Awards recognises significant achievement and commitment to voluntary sport within the LCCC area.  Given the wide range of sporting success in Lisburn and Castlereagh, the awards are a fantastic way to celebrate and mark the difference our athletes and teams are making to their communities.

“The closing date to make a nomination for the Sports Awards is Friday 2nd October 2023. I would urge everyone to take a moment to nominate an individual, club or school for the opportunity to get the recognition their sporting achievements deserve,” concluded Councillor Beckett.

Jimmy Walker, Chairperson of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added, “I am delighted that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for once again to recognise those locally who have encountered sporting success over the last year.

“The dedication and determination demonstrated by the athletes in terms of hours of training, whilst juggling other life commitments, is no mean feat. We also look to recognise those unsung heroes whose valuable technical support and coaching are not only vital, but an inspiration to others.

“I would like to thank Drayne’s Farm for kindly sponsoring the awards and I hope many clubs and individuals will be encouraged to take the time to make a nomination and celebrate the wealth of sporting greatness in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Ewan McAteer, winner of the 2022 Senior Sports Personality of the Year Award added, “It was an incredible experience to be nominated for an award last year, but to win the Senior Sports Personality of the Year surpassed my expectations.  2022 was a phenomenal year for myself as I competed at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and became the first ever gymnast from Northern Ireland to make a final on the vault. I was also selected to represent Ireland for the European Championships and competed at the World Cup as a senior for the first time, all whilst studying dentistry full time, which I have recently graduated from.

My gymnastics journey started with City of Lisburn Salto National Gymnastics Centre back when I was age 8. Being recognised locally with this award is an honour and I hope I can continue to show that hard work and dedication does pay off!”

Nominations are welcome from schools, clubs and individuals, residing or based in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

Nomination forms can be completed online www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/sports-awards-2023 Further information if required can be obtained by emailing faron.morrison@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is strictly Monday 2nd October 2023 at 12 noon.

Council Launches 2023 Coach Education Programme

Council Launches 2023 Coach Education Programme

11 September 2023

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched their annual timetable of specialised training courses for local sports clubs and coaches, as part of the council’s popular Coach Education Programme.


The 2023 programme includes almost 20 courses, which are aimed at helping those involved in a sports club, to gain or add to their skills and knowledge with the aim to develop their club and get the best out of their players and athletes.

Course topics include Social Media for Sport, Mental Health Awareness, Defibrillator and CPR Training and Disability Inclusive Games Training to name but a few.


Speaking at the launch of the programme, Chair of the council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee Councillor Thomas Beckett said, “The council is delighted to continue to offer a varied range of sports courses through the annual Coach Education Programme which runs from October through to March. 

“There are many up and coming and successful sports clubs in the Lisburn Castlereagh area and the continuing success of these clubs is very much dependant on the ability of those involved in coaching and behind the scenes.  The subsidised courses, covering a diverse range of subjects, are conveniently offered across multiple locations and online, ensuring all those involved in the running of local sports clubs have the opportunity to upskill and enhance their knowledge in key areas such as Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport and First Aid in Sport.

“I would encourage all those interested to find out more by going online and having a look at the development opportunities offered by the council which provide great value.”

Online booking opens Wednesday 13 September 2023.

For the full timetable of training courses and to book online, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/coaching-courses

For further information, please email kevin.madden@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Council Launches 2023 Coach Education Programme

Council Launches 2023 Coach Education Programme

11 September 2023

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched their annual timetable of specialised training courses for local sports clubs and coaches, as part of the council’s popular Coach Education Programme.

The 2023 programme includes almost 20 courses, which are aimed at helping those involved in a sports club, to gain or add to their skills and knowledge with the aim to develop their club and get the best out of their players and athletes.

Course topics include Social Media for Sport, Mental Health Awareness, Defibrillator and CPR Training and Disability Inclusive Games Training to name but a few.


Speaking at the launch of the programme, Chair of the council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee Councillor Thomas Beckett said, “The council is delighted to continue to offer a varied range of sports courses through the annual Coach Education Programme which runs from October through to March. 

“There are many up and coming and successful sports clubs in the Lisburn Castlereagh area and the continuing success of these clubs is very much dependant on the ability of those involved in coaching and behind the scenes.  The subsidised courses, covering a diverse range of subjects, are conveniently offered across multiple locations and online, ensuring all those involved in the running of local sports clubs have the opportunity to upskill and enhance their knowledge in key areas such as Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport and First Aid in Sport.

“I would encourage all those interested to find out more by going online and having a look at the development opportunities offered by the council which provide great value.”

Online booking opens Wednesday 13 September 2023.

For the full timetable of training courses and to book online, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/coaching-courses

 For further information, please email kevin.madden@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Local Tennis Stars Achieve Sports Personality of the Month

Local Tennis Stars Achieve Sports Personality of the Month

08 September 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated once again the wealth of local sporting talent, following the announcement of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Awards for June and July.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Executive Committee and each successful winner is presented with a £100 Decathlon voucher.

The Sports Personality of the Month winner for June was tennis player, Isabella Connor. The young athlete spent the month of June travelling to international tennis tournaments in Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Isabella achieved her best international result to date on home turf at the Belfast City ITF (International Tennis Federation) Tournament reaching the semi-finals of the Girls Singles. Unfortunately, Isabella lost out to the eventual winner however, she did achieve World Junior Ranking points and is the only Ulster Junior Female tennis player to be internationally ranked. Unlike the majority of European Junior Tour tennis players who are home schooled and attend ITF Tournaments most weeks, Isabella continues with her educational studies at Friend’s School Lisburn where she is currently studying four A Levels. When she is not studying, Isabella is training at least five times per week and competing internationally when she can, usually during the school holidays.

Also a tennis player, Charlie McVeigh was the July Sports Personality of the Month winner. The Dundonald resident is part of the Ulster Tennis Performance Programme and is one of the top Under 10 tennis players in Ireland. Charlie has been recognised by Tennis Ireland as an upcoming prospect and was granted a ‘passport’ to allow him to compete against players in the Under 12 age category throughout Ireland despite being under 10. Since competing at this level, Charlie has won four Single Titles at Under 12 level and two Doubles Titles at Under 14 level. In July, Charlie was ranked in the top 20 National Rankings throughout Ireland at Under 12 level despite still being under 10!

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Development Officer, Faron Morrison said, “The achievements of both Isabella and Charlie have been remarkable. Both tennis players have proudly represented their sport with a commitment and dedication to succeed.

“Isabella has shown hard work and dedication on and off the court. She has been able to represent her country internationally whilst continuing with her full time education. Charlie’s achievements have been outstanding. He has dominated age categories above his age level and gained valuable recognition throughout. Both tennis stars have proven how dreams can be fulfilled through hard work and training.

“I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Entries for the August and September Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. For more details or to nominate, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthaugustseptember23/ Nominations close on Monday 2nd October 2023 at 5pm. 

Pictured L-R: Decathlon Store Advisor, Nathen Best, Isabella Connor, Charlie McVeigh and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Development Officer, Faron Morrison.

Local Tennis Stars Achieve Sports Personality of the Month

Local Tennis Stars Achieve Sports Personality of the Month

08 September 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated once again the wealth of local sporting talent, following the announcement of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Awards for June and July.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Executive Committee and each successful winner is presented with a £100 Decathlon voucher.

The Sports Personality of the Month winner for June was tennis player, Isabella Connor. The young athlete spent the month of June travelling to international tennis tournaments in Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Isabella achieved her best international result to date on home turf at the Belfast City ITF (International Tennis Federation) Tournament reaching the semi-finals of the Girls Singles. Unfortunately, Isabella lost out to the eventual winner however, she did achieve World Junior Ranking points and is the only Ulster Junior Female tennis player to be internationally ranked. Unlike the majority of European Junior Tour tennis players who are home schooled and attend ITF Tournaments most weeks, Isabella continues with her educational studies at Friend’s School Lisburn where she is currently studying four A Levels. When she is not studying, Isabella is training at least five times per week and competing internationally when she can, usually during the school holidays.

Also a tennis player, Charlie McVeigh was the July Sports Personality of the Month winner. The Dundonald resident is part of the Ulster Tennis Performance Programme and is one of the top Under 10 tennis players in Ireland. Charlie has been recognised by Tennis Ireland as an upcoming prospect and was granted a ‘passport’ to allow him to compete against players in the Under 12 age category throughout Ireland despite being under 10. Since competing at this level, Charlie has won four Single Titles at Under 12 level and two Doubles Titles at Under 14 level. In July, Charlie was ranked in the top 20 National Rankings throughout Ireland at Under 12 level despite still being under 10!

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Development Officer, Faron Morrison said, “The achievements of both Isabella and Charlie have been remarkable. Both tennis players have proudly represented their sport with a commitment and dedication to succeed.

“Isabella has shown hard work and dedication on and off the court. She has been able to represent her country internationally whilst continuing with her full time education. Charlie’s achievements have been outstanding. He has dominated age categories above his age level and gained valuable recognition throughout. Both tennis stars have proven how dreams can be fulfilled through hard work and training.

“I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Entries for the August and September Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. For more details or to nominate, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthaugustseptember23/ Nominations close on Monday 2nd October 2023 at 5pm. 

Pictured L-R: Decathlon Store Advisor, Nathen Best, Isabella Connor, Charlie McVeigh and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Development Officer, Faron Morrison.

Giants and Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skate into New Season

Giants and Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skate into New Season

04 September 2023

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are proud to continue working in partnership with Dundonald International Ice Bowl for the 2023/24 season.

The only Olympic sized public skating rink on the island of Ireland, Dundonald International Ice Bowl first opened its doors in 1986 and offers a range of on and off-ice family-friendly activities, including ice skating, bowling, soft play, and studio fitness classes. Dundonald International Ice Bowl is a home away from home for the Belfast Giants, with the team making full use of the facilities when The SSE Arena, Belfast is unavailable for practice.

Adam Keefe, head coach of the Belfast Giants, said: “Ice hockey couldn’t thrive in Northern Ireland the way it has without Dundonald International Ice Bowl. We’re now in a position where we’re seeing players, like Mack Stewart and Kell Beattie, develop into professional ice hockey players right here in Belfast. That just wouldn’t be possible without the existence and support of Dundonald International Ice Bowl. More importantly, it’s great to have a public facility for members of the local community to try their hand at ice sports.”

In addition to being the Belfast Giants’ on-ice training facility, Dundonald International Ice Bowl plays a significant role in the development of ice hockey across Belfast and wider Northern Ireland, with the Junior Belfast Giants calling the venue home. Local amateur teams, Castlereagh Spartans, Castlereagh Vixens, and Prowlers are also based out of Dundonald International Ice Bowl.

Councillor Thomas Beckett, community and wellbeing committee chairman at Lisburn & Castlereagh Council, commented: “Dundonald International Ice Bowl is delighted to once again partner with the Stena Line Belfast Giants for the 2023/24 season. Ice skating remains extremely popular at Dundonald International Ice Bowl, as we continue to welcome customers from across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the UK.

“The ice hockey practice sessions for the Belfast Giants that take place here have drawn an increased interest in the sport and ice skating in general, with many customers and visitors returning regularly to enjoy a recreational skate, participate in competitions or develop and improve their skills by registering on our ‘Learn to Skate’ programme at the Ice Bowl.”

Lisburn & Castlereagh ‘Summer in the City’ Programme a Soaring Success!

Lisburn & Castlereagh ‘Summer in the City’ Programme a Soaring Success!

25 August 2023

The annual ‘Summer in the City’ programme, organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, was a soaring success with almost 2,000 local children enjoying weeks of fun, friendship and fitness.

‘Summer in the City’ consists of a wide variety of activities, including summer schemes at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre and for the first time this year, Dundonald International Ice Bowl.

Children attending the summer schemes enjoyed a wide range of activities and sports, suited to age groups from 5 to 14 years. The programme is delivered by a team of qualified staff and coaches and included activities such as the Leisure Pool, team sports, bouncy castles, seed planting and arts & crafts.

Many of the summer schemes also included out of centre trips, providing great value for money as well as additional fun for children.

The ‘Summer in the City’ programme also offered an extensive choice of Sports Courses including a Kids Multi Sports Camp at Ballybeen Sports Hub, a Just 4 Keepers Goal Keeping Academy at both Lough Moss Leisure Centre and Kirkwoods Playing Fields, Junior Golf Coaching Lessons at Castlereagh Hills and Aberdelghy Golf Courses and Gaelic Football Coaching Camps at Lough Moss Leisure Centre and Kirkwoods Playing Fields.

Not only do children get the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills or try new sports, but some courses had the added benefit of expert coaching from top level players including Sean McGreevy, former Antrim GAA goalkeeper and Down Senior Football Manager and Kilcoo GAC player, Conor Laverty

An impressive timetable of swim camps was on offer at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, with weeklong courses for adults, babies and children.

The Disability Hub at Lough Moss Leisure Centre offered Inclusive cycle sessions for all the family throughout August and a Kids Summer Club for children aged 7 – 14 years.

For the second year, the council’s Parks and Amenities partnered with the Summer in the City programme which saw nearly 5,000 oak seeds planted by the children. This initiative has been launched to align with the council’s sustainability objectives.

Visiting some of the Sports Services summer scheme venues, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett said,

“I am delighted to say that the ‘Summer in the City’ programme was another huge success this year with almost 2,000 young children benefiting from a value-for-money, action packed timetable of activities.  The sense of fun and excitement was tangible as I visited just some of the summer schemes and sports courses across Lisburn Castlereagh.

The council recognises the invaluable support that the programme offers during the summer months, keeping children aged 5 – 14 years active and in a routine whilst supporting working parents and guardians.”

Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor John Gallen continued, “The range of summer sports camps held across Lisburn Castlereagh have allowed local children the opportunity to try new sports, learn new skills and make new friendships, all while staying physically and socially active.

I hope the children enjoy the rest of their summer break and I look forward to welcoming them back to one of our centres again soon, whether that be visiting with their family or for a future activity scheme”, concluded Councillor Gallen.

THE HEROS Programme Glides Back to Dundonald International Ice Bowl

THE HEROS Programme Glides Back to Dundonald International Ice Bowl

24 August 2023

Dundonald International Ice Bowl has hosted the 16th year of the highly successful HEROS Programme. Over 50 young people took part in the weeklong programme.  Participants enjoyed a daily ice hockey camp at Dundonald International Ice Bowl which included lots of fun and practice, leading up to a big game on the final day, Friday 18 August.

The cross community programme uses ice hockey as a mechanism to bring young people together from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.

Children and young people involved in the programme came from areas including Lisburn, Belfast, Holywood; Swords and Finglas in Dublin; Kinloss and Edinburgh in Scotland.

The HEROS Programme aims to use sport to develop the young people, not just physically, but mentally and socially.  Coming together for practice on the ice encourages participants to develop their team building and leadership skills, as well as promoting a greater understanding and respect for each other.  

This highly successful model was first established in Canada 20 years ago and has helped develop life skills and empower over 17,000 young people since its inception in 2000. This success has been mirrored in Northern Ireland through the HEROS Programme.

Councillor Thomas Beckett, Community & Wellbeing Committee Chairman was delighted to host the ice hockey camp at Dundonald International Ice Bowl:

“The council was pleased to once again support the HEROS programme, now in its sixteenth year, and to welcome the young people, coaches and volunteers to our ice rink in Dundonald.

It was an honour to drop the puck and start the big game on Friday night.  The dedication and commitment of the young people was clear to see as they took to the ice to perform their new skills in front of their friends and family.  Having begun the week as individuals, it is inspiring to see the strong team performance by the end of the week.

Sport, and in this instance, ice hockey, plays a pivotal role in bringing young people together along with the opportunity to develop transferable skills, such as boosting confidence, encouraging self-motivation and developing team working abilities. Off the ice, these new skills and experiences will prove paramount for the young people in their lives ahead.

I would like to thank the organisers and Canadian HEROS volunteers for delivering such an inspiring programme which I have no doubt will have a lasting impact on the participants involved.”

On behalf of the youth partners, Natalie Trainor added, “The HEROS programme works towards giving young people a unique opportunity to learn and develop life skills in ice hockey while establishing mutual respect and understanding between young people from different community backgrounds.

“The programme has been successfully running for 16 years and we are delighted to celebrate the talent, friendships and skills being developed as a result.  We hope that every young person gains from the experience and takes away positive messages from this unique project.”

The HEROS programme was developed by the youth partners; Crosscare, Army Welfare Services, Ballynafeigh Community Development Association, along with the international partners H.E.R.O.S Canada.

Young Presidents’ Organization Visit Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Young Presidents’ Organization Visit Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

11 August 2023

A group from the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) has visited Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. 

YPO are a leadership community of worldwide chief executives with over 34,000+ global members; three of which are from Belfast.

Six members and their families travelled to Northern Ireland for a weeklong visit which included key stops in Lisburn and Castlereagh.

The visiting YPO members have a keen passion for ice hockey and have travelled the world playing in many countries such as Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and all across North America.   Their Northern Ireland trip was centred on daily ice time in the island’s only public Olympic size ice rink, Dundonald International Ice Bowl.

The group had a full itinerary packed with sightseeing across Lisburn Castlereagh including a tour of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens and a Civic Reception at Lagan Valley Island, attended by council officials including the Mayor, Chairman of Communities & Wellbeing and the Chief Executive.

Commenting at the Civic Reception, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh Council, Councillor Andrew Gowan said, “We are honoured to welcome visitors from the Young Presidents’ Organisation to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. On behalf of the council, I trust you have been made to feel very welcome and have enjoyed your visits to our facilities.  I extend my sincere thanks to Alan Maislin and the entire group on the gift of a commissioned Neil Shawcross MBE art piece presented to us here today.”

Councillor Thomas Beckett, Communities & Wellbeing Chairman at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Committee continued, “It has been great to meet with our visitors and to hear about their enjoyment of the trip so far, especially the time spent on the ice at Dundonald International Ice Bowl.  Ice hockey remains ever popular here in Northern Ireland, drawing large crowds of support so we are pleased to be able to share in the enthusiasm of the sport.”

David Burns, Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council concluded, “We are delighted to finally welcome members of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) to Lisburn Castlereagh following initial talks back in 2019.   I am pleased our team at Dundonald International Ice Bowl were able to assist in developing the itinerary and offering ice time and assistance in the logistical organisation of the trip. We hope you have enjoyed your time here in Northern Ireland”.

July Bank Holiday Opening Hours

July Bank Holiday Opening Hours

10 July 2023

We wish to inform Vitality members and customers of the July Bank Holiday opening hours for Lagan Valley LeisurePlex:

Tuesday 11 + Thursday 13 July:

  • The gym and health suite will close to customers at 5pm.
  • The Leisure Pool and 25m Pool will close at 5.20pm.
  • The last Main Pool session will start at 2.30pm.
  • The centre will close at the earlier time of 6pm on both days.

Wednesday 12 July – The centre will be closed all day

The centre will open normal hours on Friday 14 July 2023. 

July Bank Holiday Opening Hours

July Bank Holiday Opening Hours

10 July 2023

We wish to inform Vitality members and customers of the July Bank Holiday opening hours for Dundonald International Ice Bowl:

  • Tuesday 11 July – Centre closes at 6pm
  • Wednesday 12 July – CLOSED
  • Thursday 13 July – Normal opening hours 
Tonnes of Fun for local kids at Dundonald International Ice Bowl’s Inaugural Summer Scheme!

Tonnes of Fun for local kids at Dundonald International Ice Bowl’s Inaugural Summer Scheme!

07 July 2023

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s popular ‘Summer in the City’ Programme is back with a bang this summer.

With its usual jam-packed programme which runs across the Lisburn and Castlereagh area, providing over 2,500 places on summer schemes, swim camps and sports courses, this year for the first time saw Dundonald International Ice Bowl host its own summer scheme full of entertainment for 100 local children.

Visiting week one of the Summer Scheme at Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Chair of Leisure and Community Wellbeing, Councillor Thomas Beckett said, “It’s been great to see first-hand the fun and entertainment provided here by Dundonald International Ice Bowl.  The children have enjoyed a week of in-house activities including tenpin bowling, ice skating and Indiana Land along with trips to nearby Streamvale Farm and Omniplex Cinema as well as Clip ‘n Climb, Pirates Adventure Golf Dundonald and Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.”

“The council continues to recognise the importance and popularity of the ‘Summer in the City’ programme. It plays a valuable role in terms of support for parents and carers during the busy summer months, which can often feel long.  Offering superb value for money and catering for children aged from 5 years to 16, the programmes include a varied range of activities and sports with something to suit everyone.”

‘Summer in the City’ sessions are delivered by a team of qualified staff and coaches and include activities such as the Leisure Pool, Indiana Land, games, bouncy castle and arts & crafts.

Other venues within the ‘Summer in the City’ programme include Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre, Lough Moss Leisure Centre and Ballybeen Sports Hub.

Many of the summer schemes include two out of centre trips each week, providing great value for money as well as additional fun for children.

A programme of sports courses are delivered across the council area and allow children to experience a new sport or progress their interest in a specific area such as goal keeping, Gaelic football or golf.  Swim camps take place at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and cater from Baby Bubbles to Junior Level, which is an excellent opportunity to accelerate through the lessons programme.

To find out more about the ‘Summer in the City’ programme, please visit www.theleisureplex.com

Applications Now Open For Sports Funding 2023

Applications Now Open For Sports Funding 2023

03 July 2023

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched a small grants fund for constituted Sports Clubs and other voluntary groups, as a means to support an area of development within your club.  Projects must take place between September 2023 and March 2024.

The ‘Sports Club Accelerator’ Fund will help cover costs such as:

  • Sports Equipment (Not clothing merchandise or kits)
  • Marketing of club
  • Facility hire to deliver program
  • Hire of coaches to deliver program
  • Club Development Officer Post
  • Up-skilling of coaches/volunteers through Coach Education courses and workshops

Launching the ‘Sports Club Accelerator’ Fund, Chair of the Communities & Wellbeing Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett said: “The council recognises the current financial pressure that sports organisations are facing during these unprecedented times of economic uncertainty. It is wonderful to be able to offer the third year of this fund. The 2023 ‘Sports Club Accelerator’ Fund will provide an invaluable opportunity for eligible sports clubs and voluntary groups to avail of financial support which can be used in many ways by the clubs. In particular, we would encourage applications for projects which target under-represented groups or health inequalities as well those that aim to counteract anti-social behaviour.”

Online applications open Monday 3rd July 2023.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18th August at 4pm. For further details and a copy of the funding application form and guidance notes, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/sports-club-accelerator-fund-2023#application-process

Applications Now Open For Sports Funding 2023

Applications Now Open For Sports Funding 2023

03 July 2023

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched a small grants fund for constituted Sports Clubs and other voluntary groups, as a means to support an area of development within your club.  Projects must take place between September 2023 and March 2024.

The ‘Sports Club Accelerator’ Fund will help cover costs such as:

  • Sports Equipment (Not clothing merchandise or kits)
  • Marketing of club
  • Facility hire to deliver program
  • Hire of coaches to deliver program
  • Club Development Officer Post
  • Up-skilling of coaches/volunteers through Coach Education courses and workshops

Launching the ‘Sports Club Accelerator’ Fund, Chair of the Communities & Wellbeing Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett said: “The council recognises the current financial pressure that sports organisations are facing during these unprecedented times of economic uncertainty. It is wonderful to be able to offer the third year of this fund. The 2023 ‘Sports Club Accelerator’ Fund will provide an invaluable opportunity for eligible sports clubs and voluntary groups to avail of financial support which can be used in many ways by the clubs. In particular, we would encourage applications for projects which target under-represented groups or health inequalities as well those that aim to counteract anti-social behaviour.”

Online applications open Monday 3rd July 2023.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18th August at 4pm.

For further details and a copy of the funding application form and guidance notes, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/sports-club-accelerator-fund-2023#application-process

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues To Highlight Sporting Talent

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues To Highlight Sporting Talent

29 June 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated the latest winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award. The winners were selected for April and May highlighting the wealth of sporting talent in the council area.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars within Lisburn & Castlereagh. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Executive Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

April’s Sports Personality winner was tennis player, Jack McMahon. The acclaimed tennis player is ranked 8th in Ireland for his U16 age group and 11th for U18. Jack recently won the U18 Singles at the Lisburn Junior Open held at Hilden Tennis Club and over the same weekend went onto win the U18 Doubles and U18 Mixed Doubles. In addition to his accomplishments on the court, Jack is also a passionate coach for his own club, Hilden Tennis. He has devoted countless hours to helping younger players improve their skills and develop a love for the game.

Water polo player, Hannah Taylor was May’s Sports Personality winner. After a strong season for her club team Cathal Brugha, reaching the semi - final of the Irish Senior Cup, Hannah was the Irish National Team's Goalkeeper for the Home Nations Tournament which took place in Dublin on 19th-21st May 2023. Team Ireland started off strong with a win against Wales however it was the match against England that would be the title decider. Goalkeeper Hannah rose to the occasion with a superb performance with the team running out winners 11-10. This win was a momentous occasion as it was the first time Ireland had ever beaten England. Hannah’s performances did not go unnoticed and she was awarded Goalie of the Tournament!

Treasurer of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Adrian Daye, commented, “I am delighted that we can acknowledge another two months of sporting achievements through our Sports Personality of the Month Award. Both athletes have experienced a fantastic season in their chosen sport. I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open for June and July.  Nominations close on Monday 31st July 2023 at 5pm. To make an entry, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthjunejuly23/?fbclid=IwAR0W_jKOKvrbwYDeqBwt-2j3962Qs0MD1EOoQYsgFMqzpxbSQ-7CyLd035Y
Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues To Highlight Sporting Talent

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues To Highlight Sporting Talent

29 June 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated the latest winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award. The winners were selected for April and May highlighting the wealth of sporting talent in the council area.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars within Lisburn & Castlereagh. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Executive Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

April’s Sports Personality winner was tennis player, Jack McMahon. The acclaimed tennis player is ranked 8th in Ireland for his U16 age group and 11th for U18. Jack recently won the U18 Singles at the Lisburn Junior Open held at Hilden Tennis Club and over the same weekend went onto win the U18 Doubles and U18 Mixed Doubles. In addition to his accomplishments on the court, Jack is also a passionate coach for his own club, Hilden Tennis. He has devoted countless hours to helping younger players improve their skills and develop a love for the game.

Water polo player, Hannah Taylor was May’s Sports Personality winner. After a strong season for her club team Cathal Brugha, reaching the semi - final of the Irish Senior Cup, Hannah was the Irish National Team's Goalkeeper for the Home Nations Tournament which took place in Dublin on 19th-21st May 2023. Team Ireland started off strong with a win against Wales however it was the match against England that would be the title decider. Goalkeeper Hannah rose to the occasion with a superb performance with the team running out winners 11-10. This win was a momentous occasion as it was the first time Ireland had ever beaten England. Hannah’s performances did not go unnoticed and she was awarded Goalie of the Tournament!

Treasurer of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Adrian Daye, commented, “I am delighted that we can acknowledge another two months of sporting achievements through our Sports Personality of the Month Award. Both athletes have experienced a fantastic season in their chosen sport. I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open for June and July.  Nominations close on Monday 31st July 2023 at 5pm. To make an entry, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthjunejuly23/?fbclid=IwAR0W_jKOKvrbwYDeqBwt-2j3962Qs0MD1EOoQYsgFMqzpxbSQ-7CyLd035Y
40th Event of the Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run

40th Event of the Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run

21 June 2023

Over 4000 runners descended on the streets of Lisburn to take part in the 2023 Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run.

The popular event returned on Wednesday 21 June and was a sell-out.  The flat and fast course has become a firm favourite on the sporting calendar with this year marking the 40th event taking place within the Lisburn area.

Organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, the event saw competitive runners, beginners, families and schools compete for personal bests and for fun whilst taking on the challenge of one of Northern Ireland’s favourite running events. 

Some of the countries most talented runners crossed the finishing line with the impressive Natasha Adams taking top honours in the women’s Half Marathon, while Gillian McCrory took a well-deserved second spot and Niamh Marrs third. In the men’s Half Marathon, Owen Carleton made it on to the podium in first place, with James Hamilton taking second place and Andrew Tees finishing a strong third.

In the Half Marathon Wheelchair race, Karl Doherty finished in first place, with Jayne Bleakley placing first in the 10K Wheelchair race.

Emma Mitchell crossed the finish line in first place in the women’s 10K, followed by Anna Gardiner in second and Elisoa Crawford in third place. In the men's 10K, Brandon McKeown finished in first place, closely followed by Eskander Turki in second place and Gareth Lyons in third.

The Fun Run was keenly contended with Olivia Douglas picking up first place in the female event, followed by Isla Wiltshire in second and Isla Crooks in third place. The male Fun Run event was proudly won by Ashton Cusiak who excelled to first place. Second place was won by Connor Moran and third place Caleb Lewis.

Starting the Half Marathon event, the Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Gary McCleave said, “The Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run have been firm favourites with runners and families for four decades now.  

I was delighted to see so many people of all ages and levels of running experience at the start line this year.  It was particularly pleasing to meet those taking on the challenge of their first Half Marathon.

This year, in line with the council’s sustainability objectives, and to mark the 40th event taking place within the Lisburn area, we offered race participants the chance to make a lasting contribution to the environment by opting to plant a tree instead of receiving a race t-shirt.  I look forward to seeing the area along Glenmore Parkland Trail flourish with foliage over the coming years.   

“This council event, along with the many other council sporting events held throughout the year, takes a lot of organisation and aims to provide a positive platform which enthuses people to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“I would like to extend my thanks to everyone for supporting this year’s event and for contributions made for the Mayoral Charities”, concluded Deputy Mayor McCleave.

The Chairman of the Communities and Wellbeing Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett added, “The council is pleased to once again organise this great event which continues to be recognised as a key running race within Northern Ireland.

It was inspiring to see the crowds of people coming together to take part.  From the most experienced of runners striving for a personal best, to those running for fun with friends, family or their school, I was delighted to see so many motivated individuals of all ages out getting active. 

“I would like to thank the council for supporting the event in partnership with their Vitality Membership package, which encourages individuals and families to continue to engage in a lifetime of physical activity through the many activities offered in the membership.”

Starting the Fun Run event, guest speaker Carl Frampton MBE, said: “Fun runs are often the first step for people to get involved in physical activity, which can lead to an interest in new sporting areas and a progression onto other running events.

I remember my own first steps in sport, which led to me holding world championships in two boxing weight classes, which just shows where early involvement in sport can lead! I was delighted to be able to run the Fun Run myself with my children.

My kids have grown up around sport and know how important it is to keep active, both for our physical health and our mental wellbeing so it’s great to be able to enjoy events like this with them. 

“I would like to congratulate all those who took part in the events this year. I hope you are beaming with pride following your achievement. May this be the start of many more runs in the future!”

To view photographs from the event, please visit www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com or check out the Council’s Sports Development Facebook page, Beactivelisburncastlereagh. 

Pool Party

Pool Party

16 June 2023

Join us for the ultimate Summer Pool Party on Friday 30th June! Let's kick off the school break in style with a splashing good time.

From 6pm-8.30pm when you book our normal Leisure Pool Slide Session, you can enjoy the following fun activities as part of your session:

  • DJ Entertainment

  • Spot Prizes

  • Meet Captain Jack Sparrow & Moana 

Online booking opens at 7am on Friday 23rd June.

Please note, Leisure Pool child admission policy applies. Please click here to view.

Indiana Lands School Out for Summer Disco

Indiana Lands School Out for Summer Disco

16 June 2023

With a killer DJ playing summer tunes, it's going to be an epic party. Plus, there will be prizes up for grabs all night long.

Only £5.00 for Vitality members & £8.00 for non-members

Adults and non-walkers go FREE!

Click here to book

Please note, age and height restrictions apply. Children must be 11 years and under 5ft in height. 

Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala

Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala

23 May 2023

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex was delighted to once again host the Lisburn & Castlereagh Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala on Friday 19th May – the first since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The long established event was held over two sessions and saw 320 children compete in P4 – P5 and P6 – P7 categories, making it a great return to one of the largest galas held in Northern Ireland. Swimming disciplines included backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle as well as the highly competitive relay races.

During the morning event, the P4 – P5 Fiona Bate Memorial Award for outstanding pupil of the year, was presented by Brendan Courtney, Head of Sport Services, to Edward Campbell of Riverdale PS, Lisburn.

In the afternoon, the P6 – P7 Fiona Bate Memorial Award for outstanding pupil of the year, was presented by Louise Moore, Director of Leisure and Community Services, to Nancy Craig of St Joseph’s PS, Lisburn.

The teams brought a positive competitive spirit and overall success went to Friends’ Prep School, who came first overall. Pond Park PS followed closely in second place, with St Joseph’s PS coming third.

Presenting the medals, Louise Moore, Director of Leisure and Community Services said, “It is fantastic to have this popular event return for the first time since 2019 and we are delighted with how many children entered to take part in this year’s Swimming Gala.

Swimming is one of the healthiest activities that children can take part in, and it’s great they have this opportunity to experience competitive swimming and be able to represent their school with a collectively positive team spirt. Everyone should be very proud of their achievements!

“Finally I would like to thank the staff at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex for organising such a successful event and maintaining the wonderful tradition of Primary School swimming in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues To Recognise Young Local Sporting Stars

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues To Recognise Young Local Sporting Stars

22 May 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated the latest winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award, with the winners from February and March showcasing the range of young sporting talent in the council area.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Executive Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

February’s Sports Personality winner, Ellie Patrick, was selected to play with Great Britain Ice Hockey Women’s Senior Team in the Four Nations Tournament in Poland in February. During her debut game, Ellie scored her first senior goal. This is a massive achievement as Ellie is only 16. She is now waiting to find out if she has been selected to play for the Great Britain Women’s Senior Team in the Ice Hockey World Championships in Korea.

Also at the age of 16, the Sports Personality winner for March, Paige Woods, not only is she one of the top Badminton players in Ireland in the U17 age group, but has also reached the semi-final stages of the Ladies Singles in the Irish Senior Nationals. She also reached and won the final of the Ladies Doubles in the Irish Senior Nationals, alongside her partner and sister Chloe Woods, beating last year’s winners in the semi-final. Paige continues to represent Ireland at U17 and U19 level.

Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Jimmy Walker, said, “I would like to congratulate Ellie and Paige on their amazing achievements in Ice Hockey and Badminton. What an achievement for these two young women who have received such accolades at their young age. I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Treasurer of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Adrian Daye, also said, “I am delighted that we can acknowledge another two months of sporting achievements through our Sports Personality of the Month Award. Lisburn & Castlereagh has a wealth of sporting talent competing at local and international level so it is fantastic that we can formally recognise the many clubs and athletes for their dedication and accomplishments.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. To make an entry, please visit - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthaprilmay23/?fbclid=IwAR2TS4K6TJl86WpxS3L7cuzXXzJ6WDVTo6kJS73C9hvvuVfQ6T-GB8d8TmQ

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues To Recognise Young Local Sporting Stars

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues To Recognise Young Local Sporting Stars

22 May 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated the latest winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award, with the winners from February and March showcasing the range of young sporting talent in the council area.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Executive Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

February’s Sports Personality winner, Ellie Patrick, was selected to play with Great Britain Ice Hockey Women’s Senior Team in the Four Nations Tournament in Poland in February. During her debut game, Ellie scored her first senior goal. This is a massive achievement as Ellie is only 16. She is now waiting to find out if she has been selected to play for the Great Britain Women’s Senior Team in the Ice Hockey World Championships in Korea.

Also at the age of 16, the Sports Personality winner for March, Paige Woods, not only is she one of the top Badminton players in Ireland in the U17 age group, but has also reached the semi-final stages of the Ladies Singles in the Irish Senior Nationals. She also reached and won the final of the Ladies Doubles in the Irish Senior Nationals, alongside her partner and sister Chloe Woods, beating last year’s winners in the semi-final. Paige continues to represent Ireland at U17 and U19 level.

Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Jimmy Walker, said, “I would like to congratulate Ellie and Paige on their amazing achievements in Ice Hockey and Badminton. What an achievement for these two young women who have received such accolades at their young age. I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Treasurer of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Adrian Daye, also said, “I am delighted that we can acknowledge another two months of sporting achievements through our Sports Personality of the Month Award. Lisburn & Castlereagh has a wealth of sporting talent competing at local and international level so it is fantastic that we can formally recognise the many clubs and athletes for their dedication and accomplishments.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. To make an entry, please visit - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthaprilmay23/?fbclid=IwAR2TS4K6TJl86WpxS3L7cuzXXzJ6WDVTo6kJS73C9hvvuVfQ6T-GB8d8TmQ

Easter Opening Hours 2023

Easter Opening Hours 2023

03 April 2023

We wish to inform Vitality members and customers of the Easter opening hours for Dundonald International Ice Bowl:

Good Friday: Normal Opening Hours

Saturday 8th April: Normal Opening Hours

Easter Sunday: Normal Opening Hours

Easter Monday: Normal Opening Hours

Easter Tuesday: Normal Opening Hours

Easter Opening Hours 2023

Easter Opening Hours 2023

29 March 2023

We wish to inform Vitality members and customers of the Easter opening hours for Lagan Valley LesiurePlex:

Good Friday: Centre closes at 6pm

Saturday 8th April: Normal Opening Hours

Easter Sunday: CLOSED

Easter Monday: Centre closes at 6pm

Easter Tuesday: Centre closes at 6pm
 

  • The gym and health suite will close to customers at 5pm.

  • The Leisure Pool and 25m Pool will close at 5.20pm.

  • The last Leisure Pool session will start at 4pm.

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh celebrates local female sporting talent

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh celebrates local female sporting talent

07 March 2023

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated the latest winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award. The winners were selected for December 2022 and January 2023 highlighting the wealth of sporting talent in the council area.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

Sports Personality winner for December was female archer, Molly McCormick who represented Northern Ireland and Lisburn City Archery Club at the National Indoor Championships back in December 2022. The talented archer finished 33rd in the Recurve Women’s category and set a new U21 Northern Ireland record of 521 in the process. Molly has broken five NI records throughout the 2022/23 season.

U14 Ulster and National Cyclocross Champion, Emer Heverin was the January Sports Personality winner. Emer had a fantastic season over the winter months winning triple titles, including the Ulster Cyclocross League, Ulster Cyclocross Championship and the World Cup Support Race. Success has continued into the 2023 season with Emer winning the esteemed Irish Cyclocross Championships in January for her age category.  

Treasurer of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Adrian Daye said, “Both female athletes have experienced a fantastic season in their chosen sport. Molly’s achievement in archery has been outstanding. She has proudly represented her country at competition level, smashing not one but five NI records on her way.

“Emer has picked up an accolade of trophies throughout the season which demonstrated her commitment and drive to reach the pinnacle of Cyclocross. She has dominated the sport in her age category with her amazing achievement in the Cyclocross Championship.

“I hope these two amazing athletes will inspire other clubs or families to make a nomination and showcase the breadth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. To make an entry, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/sportspersonalityofthemonthfebmarch23/
Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race & Fun Run

Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race & Fun Run

06 February 2023

Entries are now open for the 2023 Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run! The popular event will take place on Wednesday 21 June starting from Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

The route has become a firm favourite on the sporting calendar with this year marking the 40th event taking place within the Lisburn area.

Runners can sign up today and set a new fitness goal or work towards smashing a personal best time. It is also the perfect opportunity for individuals to progress to a longer distance after completing the council’s new couch to 5K and 5K-10K programmes.

For those wishing to take part for fun, the Fun Run is the perfect event to run with family and friends and soak up the atmosphere. Schools and youth groups are encouraged to take part and get all ages active together!

Events are inclusive and are open to wheelchair and hand cycle participants.

Launching the event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Scott Carson said, “The council is delighted to celebrate the 40th year of the Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event has remained a popular fixture amongst runners from across Northern Ireland and beyond who make it a priority to add the race to their running calendar each year. This enthusiasm highlights the enjoyment the flat and fast course offers both recreational and competitive runners looking to set a new fitness goal.

“The Fun Run is also a fantastic opportunity for families, schools and youth groups to get involved too. Proceeds from all events will support the Mayoral Charities so it’s a great occasion to get everyone moving together.”

Councillor Aaron McIntyre, Chair of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, added, “The Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run have been firm favourites with runners and families for four decades. The council is delighted to once again sponsor the event through its Vitality Membership package, which highlights the importance of looking after our health and wellbeing through a wide range of activities and sessions.

“The Council’s Couch to 5K and 5K-10K programmes, which are scheduled for May, also provide a fantastic stepping stone for runners looking to accomplish a longer distance. It’s a great opportunity for likeminded participants to start training in preparation for the big event and achieve a new fitness goal!

“I would like to encourage everyone to sign up for the Half Marathon, 10K or Fun Run and I look forward to cheering you across the finish line on 21 June,” concluded Councillor McIntyre

For further information or to register for the Half Marathon, 10K Road Race or Fun Run, visit www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com. To avail of our early bird rates, sign up online before 30th April 2023. Details can also be found on the Council’s Sports Development Facebook page, ‘Be Active, Stay Active Lisburn Castlereagh.

Business Games

Business Games

02 February 2023

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ‘Business Games Challenge’ is now open for team entries from businesses across the council area.  The ‘Games’ will take place on three evenings between 1- 29 March.

Events will be held at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Dundonald International Ice Bowl between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.  Each evening promises to be a great team building night out with lots of fun and friendly competition for everyone.

Teams will have the opportunity to enjoy the following game: Dodgeball on Wednesday 1 March, 5aside/ 7aside Football on Wednesday 15 March and Tenpin Bowling on Wednesday 29 March. These games are suitable for all levels of fitness, including both male and female colleagues.

Launching the Business Games, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development, Councillor Aaron McIntyre, said: “We are hoping that local businesses will once again sign up for this fun challenge and take the opportunity to socialise with colleagues while enjoying a little competitive spirit.

“The Business Games Challenge is a fantastic way to support the council’s goal of encouraging as many people as possible to get active together. As more of us spend an increasing amount of time in a sedentary position it is important to incorporate physical activity into our lifestyle to enhance our health and wellbeing.

 “The three evenings promise to be great fun will a number of trophies up for grabs, including Cup and Plate winners at each stage of the competition. The ‘Games’ will then culminate with the crowning of the overall ‘Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Business Champion’ at the end of the three events.

“I would encourage all businesses in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area to sign up today and enjoy great team events with your work colleagues.”

To register a team, please email kevin.madden@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Business Games

Business Games

02 February 2023

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ‘Business Games Challenge’ is now open for team entries from businesses across the council area.  The ‘Games’ will take place on three evenings between 1- 29 March.

Events will be held at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Dundonald International Ice Bowl between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.  Each evening promises to be a great team building night out with lots of fun and friendly competition for everyone.

Teams will have the opportunity to enjoy the following game: Dodgeball on Wednesday 1 March, 5aside/ 7aside Football on Wednesday 15 March and Tenpin Bowling on Wednesday 29 March. These games are suitable for all levels of fitness, including both male and female colleagues.

Launching the Business Games, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development, Councillor Aaron McIntyre, said: “We are hoping that local businesses will once again sign up for this fun challenge and take the opportunity to socialise with colleagues while enjoying a little competitive spirit.

“The Business Games Challenge is a fantastic way to support the council’s goal of encouraging as many people as possible to get active together. As more of us spend an increasing amount of time in a sedentary position it is important to incorporate physical activity into our lifestyle to enhance our health and wellbeing.

 “The three evenings promise to be great fun will a number of trophies up for grabs, including Cup and Plate winners at each stage of the competition. The ‘Games’ will then culminate with the crowning of the overall ‘Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Business Champion’ at the end of the three events.

“I would encourage all businesses in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area to sign up today and enjoy great team events with your work colleagues.”

To register a team, please email kevin.madden@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Sign up for City Of Lisburn 5K Race

Sign up for City Of Lisburn 5K Race

20 January 2023

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is joining forces with Jog Lisburn and Atlas Running to host the City’s first ever 5km road race. The event will take place on Friday 24th March, starting at Bow Street Mall in Lisburn City Centre.

The race is expected to attract running clubs from across Northern Ireland as well as individuals taking on the challenge of their first competitive 5K. Participants can find the race right for them by choosing from a wide range of categories based on their previous times and experience.

Children aged 8 years and over can sign up for the 1.5km Fun Run. This event provides a great introduction to running and also encourages the whole family to get active together.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Councillor Aaron McIntyre, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee said, “The City of Lisburn 5K is one of the first running events taking place in the council area in 2023. The race is a great opportunity to get moving with friends and family and create a memorable run throughout the city centre. It is also a fantastic event to kick start training towards the Vitality Membership Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run taking place later in this year. I would warmly encourage both competitive runners and fun runners to sign up for the 5K today.”

Adrian Daye, from Jog Lisburn and Atlas Running added: “I am delighted to deliver this unique 5K event in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. The race is a fantastic opportunity for running clubs to clock up some miles together and set new personal best times. It is also a great event for families and individuals to get involved and take their first steps in the sport. I look forward to welcoming everyone to the start line on 24 March.”

To enter, please visit www.sientries.co.uk . Registration closes on Friday 10th March 2023.

Local Athletes Achieve Sports Personality of the Month

Local Athletes Achieve Sports Personality of the Month

16 December 2022

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has announced the latest winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award. The winners were selected for October and November showcasing the breadth of sporting talent in the council area.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

Sports Personality winner for October was assisted runner, Aaron Kerr. After campaigning for 7 years to allow assisted runners to take part in the London Marathon, Aaron and his parents recently completed a lengthy consultation process with the event organisers.  The result saw Aaron change a 41 year old rule, which allowed him and other assisted runners to officially participate in the 2022 London Marathon. Aaron has completed marathons all over the UK & Ireland and London now proudly marks his 50th event.

Athlete, Arnar Brynjarson was the November Sports Personality winner. The talented young athlete competes both as a sprinter and multi event athlete. Over the past year, Arnar has won a staggering eight gold medals in major competitions, which culminated in him representing Iceland at the European Youth Olympics in the summer. Just recently, the young athlete also picked up a gold medal at the Irish Schools Combined Events Championships. In November, he also won a silver medal at the UK Schools U15 Combined Events Championships, missing out on gold by just 27 points.

Treasurer of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Adrian Daye said, “The achievements of both Aaron and Arnar have been remarkable. Both athletes have proudly represented their sport with a commitment and dedication to succeed.

“Aaron’s drive to make fundamental changes to the London Marathon has provided a true inspiration to others who are looking to campaign to make a real difference in their sport. Arnar’s splendid accolade of gold medals also highlights how participants can fulfil their dreams with hard work and training.

“I hope these two amazing athletes will encourage other clubs or families to make a nomination and shine a light on the tremendous sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. To make an entry, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SportsPersonalityofthemonthDec22_Jan23/

Showcasing a Sporting Legend

Showcasing a Sporting Legend

02 December 2022

A special exhibition has been launched at Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of Lady Mary Peters historic Gold Medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. ‘Mary Peters, 50 Years’ is open to the public until 28 February 2023 and will showcase treasured memorabilia from this golden era.

The exhibition pays tribute to the sporting history of the Northern Ireland legend and includes a timeline of Lady Mary’s early career up until her fantastic 1974 Commonwealth Games victory.

The display showcases items from the famous athletes’ personal collection, which features her momentous 1972 Olympic Gold Medal, her running spikes and jersey as well as her Commonwealth Games medals which are exhibiting for the very first time. Another highlight of the exhibition is a portrait of Lady Mary by internationally acclaimed artist Colin Davidson.

Speaking at the launch, Lady Mary Peters said, “It is fantastic to celebrate my 50th anniversary with this superb exhibition in the heart of Lisburn. I hope people of all ages will enjoy coming along and viewing the full span of my career history on display. Some people will remember the sporting events first hand but many young people will get the opportunity to learn more about my journey as a result of the exhibition. It is my goal to inspire these young people through the work of my charity, the Mary Peters Trust, to get into sport and follow their dreams of lifting an Olympic Gold Medal!” 

Councillor Scott Carson, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said, “The council was delighted to work in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust to deliver this fantastic exhibition. Lady Mary’s contribution to sport has been phenomenal on and off the sporting field. She has become one of Northern Ireland’s biggest sporting icons with an amazing tally of Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals.

“It gives me so much pride that we can showcase Lady Mary’s achievements here in Lisburn & Castlereagh. I would warmly encourage everyone to come along and visit the exhibition up until the end of February.”

Councillor Aaron McIntyre, Chair of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, added, “Lady Mary Peters is a true inspiration to many young athletes and sports clubs in our local communities. I would warmly encourage these clubs to take time out and visit the exhibition and see how a local athlete hit the pinnacle of her career from very humble beginnings. We have some very successful clubs in our council area and I know Lady Mary’s story will provide added motivation to those competing on a local, international and world stage.

“I would like to thank Colin Davidson for donating an iconic portrait to the exhibition and Lady Mary for trusting into our care such treasured items from her personal collection, which showcase the accolades of her legendary career.”

The Lady Mary Peters Exhibition is now open and will run until 28 February 2023. For further details, please visit https://www.lisburnmuseum.com/events/mary-peters-50-years/

Sports Personality of the Month Announced

Sports Personality of the Month Announced

23 November 2022

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated the wealth of local sporting talent, following the announcement of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

Sports Personality winner for August was fencer, Beth Taylor. The Lisburn resident represented Northern Ireland at the Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championships in London in August 2022. The talented fencer was the highest ranked Northern Ireland competitor finishing 7th place and narrowly missing out on qualifying for the semi-finals. Beth also competed for Northern Ireland in Women’s Sabre Team at the same event.

Athlete, Joe Stewart was the September Sports Personality winner. The avid runner is a member of Jog Lisburn Running Club and recently competed in the 2022 Dublin Half Marathon finishing 2nd in the Male over 75 category.

Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Jimmy Walker said, “The level of sporting talent across the council area keeps on growing. Last month we celebrated the return of the prestigious Draynes Farm Sports Awards where we recognised the wealth of sporting talent in our local clubs and communities. The Sports Personality of the Month is another opportunity to commend local athletes for their achievements in their sport throughout the year.

“I would like to congratulate Beth and Joe on their amazing achievements in fencing and running. It is fantastic we can celebrate two remarkable sports people from Lisburn & Castlereagh who have reached such accolades over recent months. We are extremely proud of your sporting success and look forward to hearing more good news stories throughout the year.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. For more details or to make an entry, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SportsPersonalityofthemonthOctNov22/ or email faron.morrison@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Family Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre

Family Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre

18 November 2022

Local families will be pulling on their festive running shoes as they prepare to take part in the magical Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre. The popular event will take place at the Carryduff facility on Wednesday 7th December at 6.45pm.

Participants can get into the Christmas spirit as they run, jog or walk across a spectacular glow lit trail. The event is the perfect activity for families as you simply complete as many laps as you can, up to a maximum of 5K.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Scott Carson said,“I would like to encourage everyone to sign up for this year’s Santa Dash! You don’t need to be an experienced runner to take part, you just need plenty of smiles and lots of Christmas spirit! It’s the perfect event for families, groups of friends or those looking to set themselves a festive challenge.

“The entry fee is £5, which includes your very own Santa hat and a selection box for crossing the finish line. The proceeds will help raise funds for my chosen mayoral charities Helping Hand and Atlas Centre which support both individuals and families facing real challenges. Please spread the word and get as many Santa dressed participants running or walking to help support two worthy causes.”

Councillor Aaron McIntyre Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “I am thrilled that Lough Moss Leisure Centre is once again the host venue for the Santa Dash. The event has always been a popular activity on people’s Christmas calendars so it is fantastic that we can welcome back families and runners for a night of yuletide fun.

“Participants can don their Santa hats and start the evening with a festive warm up class to get everyone’s toes defrosted.  You can then choose to complete as many laps as you can so there is no need to worry if this is your first event. There may even be a few elves to cheer you along the way! Please sign up before 6 December and dash your way to Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Santa Dash!”

Registration for the Santa Dash is available online by visiting www.theleisureplex.com/book-online. Bookings will close on Tuesday 6 December.

Celebrating Local Sporting Talent

Celebrating Local Sporting Talent

22 October 2022

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has paid tribute to local sporting talent during the 2022 Draynes Farm Sports Personality of the Year Awards. The sell-out event took place at a prestigious ceremony at La Mon Hotel & Country Club.

Hosted by broadcaster, Claire McCollum, the event included a special celebration which recognised the achievements of NI women in sport. A number of special guests were invited to the evening to provide inspiration to the nominees looking to follow in their footsteps.

Special guests included netball coach, Elaine Rice who led the NI Senior Team to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and NI Women’s most capped footballer, Julie Nelson BEM. Guest of Honour at the event was Lady Mary Peters who this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of her historic Olympic gold medal in Munich 1972.

The Sports Awards recognise the wealth of sporting talent of individuals and teams from Lisburn & Castlereagh. The event honoured the sporting achievements of both individuals and teams either through direct participation in sport or contribution as a coach or administrator.

Gymnast, Ewan McAteer was named Senior Sports Personality of the Year. This year, Ewan competed at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, making him the first ever gymnast from Northern Ireland to achieve this success on the vault. He was also selected for the European Championships to represent Ireland and has recently competed at his first World Cup as a senior. Jog Lisburn Club runners Stephen Hoey was awarded second and Karen Wilton third place in this category.

Junior Sports Personality of the Year was won by Taekwondo athlete, James Nicholson. James is the only athlete to represent Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland internationally. Training at elite level from the age of 9, he has recorded his highest achievement to date picking up a bronze medal at the Korean Ambassadors World Championships last October. Cyclist Curtis McKee was placed second and trampoline gymnast athlete, Jacob Dumigan third place.

Sports Person with a Disability of the Year was a new category introduced this year. Athlete Mark Millar was awarded first place in this category. Following a long period of rehabilitation, Mark topped the podium in the Cozumel Ironman Physically Challenged Division and finished 5th in the 2022 Paris Marathon. The highlight of Mark’s career came on 25 July, when he represented Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, finishing 6th in the marathon. Para swimmer, Siomha Brady finished in second place with athlete Freddie Wallace picking up third.

Another new category was Disability Sports Team of the Year. The award was won by Lightning Powerchair Football Club, which is a disability football club based at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. Playing in the AIPF Premiership, the club has NI representatives at both senior and development levels. In 2022, Lightning had the most players called up to the Northern Ireland Development Squad for the Home Nations, with one of their players taking away the top goal scorer award. Second place was presented to Simply Judo Adaptive Team and third place Hillsborough Boys’ Learning Disability Football Team.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Scott Carson said, “It is fantastic to see the return of the Draynes Farm Sports Awards and again celebrate the wealth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.

 “A wide range of sports are represented tonight which highlights the diversity of sport within our Council area and the opportunities that are available to the local community to try a new activity. I am particularly delighted to see the introduction of two new award categories; Disability Sports Team of the Year and Sports Person with a Disability of the Year which further showcases the range of sports on offer.

“I would also like to thank our special guests Lady Mary Peters, NI netball coach Elaine Rice and NI Women’s Footballer, Julie Nelson BEM for taking the time to attend the event.  I know their stories will provide great encouragement to the next generation of local sporting heroes.”

Councillor Aaron McIntyre, Chair of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “Lisburn & Castlereagh has a proud history of sporting success producing many World, Olympic, Commonwealth, European and National Champions.

“The Council has endeavoured to support these teams and individuals who aspire to reach the highest levels of performance and competition. They have also aimed to encourage greater physical activity in the wider community by delivering programmes to help those wishing to improve their fitness or take part for the fun and enjoyment of sport.

“Within Lisburn & Castlereagh, the Council takes pride in providing first class facilities for visitors and athletes including Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Dundonald International Ice Bowl. It also offers a varied programme of activities through the Council’s Sports Development Unit such as the highly popular Lisburn Half Marathon, 10k and Fun Run, which attracts both beginner and experienced runners.

“I would like to congratulate all the award winners for their achievements and to everyone behind the scenes for their commitment to sport. I would like to thank Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh for their continued partnership with the Council and also local company, Draynes Farm, for generously sponsoring the event and acknowledging the important role sport plays in our area.”

Sports Club of the Year was won by City of Lisburn Salto Gymnastics Club with Simply Judo taking second place and Jog Lisburn third place. Senior Sports Club of the Year was awarded to Lisnagarvey Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI with Derriaghy Cricket Club 1st XI taking second place and Lisburn Cricket Club 1st XI third place.

Carryduff GAC Girls’ U15 Team picked up Junior Sports Club Team of the Year and Carryduff GAC Boys’ U13 Team was presented with second place and Lisburn Youth FC 2009’s third. The School Sports Team of the Year title was won by Friends’ School Lisburn Minor Boys’ Badminton Team while Lagan College Girls’ U14 Hockey XI took second and Lisnagarvey High School Year 11 Boys’ Football Team third place.

Conor Campfield from Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club was honoured with the Sports Coach of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication developing the club. Second prize was awarded to Erroll Lutton from Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and third place went to Stevie Houston from Ballymacash Rangers Football Club.

The Merit Award was presented to six individuals to recognise the essential and valuable service they provide to their clubs in the pursuit of success in their chosen sport. The Alison Slater Junior Merit Award was achieved by James Nicholson from Ulidia Carryduff Taekwondo Club and Lilly Addis from The Trampoline and Gymnastics Network. The David Edwards Senior Merit Award was presented to Hazel Campbell of Lisburn City Archery Club, Paul Bracken of Jog Moira Running Club, Mark Montgomery of Simply Judo and Liam Scott from Ulidia Carryduff Taekwondo Club.

Jimmy Walker, Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added his support for the event: “The Sports Awards is definitely one of the highlights of the year for Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh as it gives us the opportunity to congratulate athletes, teams and coaches for their hard work and dedication in their chosen sport. We hope our nominees will inspire others to participate in sport and help develop sporting talent and healthier lifestyles in Lisburn & Castlereagh. “

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING SUPPORTS PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING SUPPORTS PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER

06 October 2022

Participants on the Lisburn & Castlereagh Move More programme have been whipping up an assortment of treats to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World Biggest Coffee Morning.

The event, which was hosted at Grove Activity Centre, saw participants serve a mountain of tea and sticky buns to support people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Over £330 was raised through donations from the event.

Attending the event, Councillor Scott Carson, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh said, “Macmillan Cancer Support helps care for people from the moment of diagnosis, right through to when their support is needed the most. They recognise that health, money, family and job are real concerns of people impacted by cancer, therefore it is important that people are treated as individuals, not just patients.

“The Macmillan Coffee Morning is an opportunity to support the work of the charity so that it can continue providing this valuable service in our communities. I would like to thank the Move More participants for organising the event and showing their courage and resilience to help others, despite their own challenges.”

Councillor Aaron McInyre, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “The Macmillan Move More programme is a physical activity programme which provides support for people living with cancer across Northern Ireland. To date regionally the programme has received over 7,000 referrals and engaged with 5,500 participants which shows the need for the programme at a local level.

“The participants who organised the coffee morning have been attending sessions organised by the Lisburn & Castlereagh Move More Coordinator, Aaron Irwin.  Aaron is a strong supporter of Macmillan services and ensures participants receive a personalised response through the cross referencing of key services.

“Aaron has developed a close and trusted bond with participants, providing a vital source of emotional support and cancer specific classes.

“I would like to commend the participants for hosting the coffee morning and for raising a well deserved fund raising total. I hope their efforts inspire others to get invoved despite any challenges they may face.”

Referral onto the Macmillan Move More Programme can be made through a Health Professional, self-referral or through a friend or family member. For further information or to register, please email aaron.irwin@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or phone 07392280829.

The Mary Peters Festival of Running Marks Gold Anniversary

The Mary Peters Festival of Running Marks Gold Anniversary

05 October 2022

Energy levels soared at the Mary Peters Running Festival as over 500 runners descended to the start line at the Eikon Centre in Lisburn. The special running event was organised to mark the 50th anniversary of Lady Mary Peters historic Gold Medal at the Munich Olympic Games.

The highly successful event hosted some of the countries most talented runners who took on the challenge of a Full Marathon, 20 miler or Half Marathon event. Families and beginners also got involved in the popular 10K and 5K routes.

In the City’s first full marathon, top honours in the men’s event was awarded to Adam Harvey while Norman Mawhinney took a well-deserved second spot and Stephen McAuley third. In the ladies marathon, Sarah Benton made it onto the podium in first place, with Jane Leathem taking second place and Jenny Steele finishing a strong third.

John Ward achieved first place in the 20 miler, closely followed by Alister Jamison in second place and Laurence Corr in third. In the ladies event, Fiona McFall topped the podium in first place, while Eimear McCracken and Pamela Kirk battled it out for second place with McCracken prevailing by thirty three seconds.

In the popular half marathon, Aaron McAuley crossed the finish line in first place followed by David Graham in second place and Steven Paul in third place. In the ladies category Irene Clements excelled to first place, with Katie Parker securing second place and Hannah Ewart in third.

Gareth Lyons topped the podium in the 10K, followed by Wayne Morrow in second place and David Rutherford in third. Kelley Haniver achieved a well-deserved first place in the women’s 10K with Marie Sweet taking second place and Liz Robinson third.

The 5K was keenly contested with Ricky Johnston picking up first place, followed by Ben Gillen in second and Stephen Lyster in third. The ladies event was proudly won by Grace Bennett who made it home in first place. Second place was won by Geraldine Quigley in second and third place Sophia Barr.

Attending the event, Gillian Hetherington from the Mary Peters Trust said, “It was fantastic to see so many participants come out in force to mark Lady Mary Peters historic 50th anniversary.

“I was delighted to cheer on so many people of all ages and running experience around the routes, particularly those taking on the challenge of the City’s first full marathon.

“Participants were also greeted by special guest 1500m Olympic athlete, Ciara Mageean, who offered further motivation and inspiration to both runners and families. Ciara who is a Mary Peters Trust alumni athlete also brought along her European and Commonwealth silver medals, which provided a great treat for many participants who had the opportunity to have a selfie with Ciara and the medals! ”

“Finally, I would like to thank Championchip Ireland, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Forestside for supporting the event, which will make a real difference to supporting athletes and clubs across Northern Ireland.”

Training Courses Launched for  Sports Clubs in Lisburn & Castlereagh

Training Courses Launched for Sports Clubs in Lisburn & Castlereagh

28 September 2022

Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland Netball Coach, Elaine Rice is encouraging local sports clubs to sign up for a host of specialised training courses. The timetable is available as part of the council’s popular coach education programme.

Sports clubs and coaches will have access to over 20 courses, which are available to book throughout the sporting year. These courses will give sports representatives the skills to develop their club and get the best out of their players and athletes. Course choices include Strength & Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology, First Aid in Sport and Safeguarding to name but a few of the courses available.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Councillor Aaron McIntyre, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee said, “We have many great clubs in our council area, whose success is down to the dedication of coaches and back room staff.  The coach education courses provide a great opportunity for these clubs to enhance their skills and support the next generation of world class athletes.

“I would like to thank Elaine for helping to launch this year’s coach education programme. I know the achievements of the NI Netball Team at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will have inspired many athletes and clubs to follow their dreams.”

Elaine Rice added, “The wide selection of courses available on the coach education programme will help clubs obtain a wealth of skills and knowledge. I hope the programme will encourage clubs to provide a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment to get the best out of players and athletes at grassroots level.”

For the full timetable of training courses and to book online, please visit https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/coaching-courses For further information, please email ciara.mccrystal@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues to Celebrate Local Sporting Talent

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Continues to Celebrate Local Sporting Talent

20 September 2022

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated another month of sporting talent, following the announcement of the latest Sports Personality of the Month Award for the summer period.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

Sports Personality winner for June was trampoline athlete Jacob Dumigan who won Gold at the Northern Ireland Championships in June 2022, and as NI Champion in the 11-12 age category, Jacob represented NI at The British Gymnastics Inter-Regional Challenge Cup Final in Sheffield which took place earlier this month where he became National Champion.

Para-athlete Siomha Brady was July’s Sports Personality winner. Siomha is a member of the Irish International Para Swimming Squad who made her Commonwealth Games debut for Northern Ireland in the S8 100m Backstroke Final in Birmingham this summer and the successful swimmer touched in a personal best of 1:34.08.

Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Jimmy Walker said, “I am delighted that we can acknowledge another two months of sporting achievements through our Sports Personality of the Month Award. Lisburn & Castlereagh has a wealth of sporting talent competing at local and international level so it is fantastic that we can formally recognise the many clubs and athletes for their dedication and accomplishments.

“Congratulations to both Jacob and Siomha on their amazing achievements in Trampolining and Para Swimming. It is fantastic we can celebrate two remarkable sports people from Lisburn & Castlereagh who have reached such accolades over recent months. We are extremely proud of your sporting success and look forward to hearing more good news stories throughout the year.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open for August & September. For more details or to make an entry, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SportsPersonalityofthemonthAugustSeptember22/ or email faron.morrison@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Mary Peters Running Festival

Mary Peters Running Festival

19 August 2022

Runners and families are gearing up for a special running event to mark the 50th anniversary of Lady Mary Peters historic Gold Medal at the Munich Olympic Games.

The eagerly awaited Mary Peters Running Festival will take place on Sunday 2 October in the grounds of the Eikon Centre in Lisburn. Runners can now sign up at https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=81925234

The event is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. First times runners can set a new fitness challenge by taking on the 5K, while those looking to progress to a longer distance can take the next step to the 10K.

Runners can also sign up for the popular Half Marathon and aim to beat the clock with a new personal best time. There is also the option to take on the ultimate challenge with the introduction of an exciting new Full Marathon route, which will be the first 26.2 miler for the Lisburn area.

The final event is a special 20 mile route, which is the perfect training ground for runners looking to get some miles into their legs for other marathon events later in the year.

The 5k and 10k will take place entirely inside the Eikon Centre grounds on smooth flat roads, while the longer races start and finish inside the site but involve a loop of the local roads before finishing at the venue.

Speaking at the launch, Lady Mary Peters said, “It is fantastic to celebrate my 50th anniversary with a superb event which will encourage people to get active. Running is a great activity which can be enjoyed by the whole family, no matter your age or running experience.

“The event includes a wide choice of races so you get involved whether you are new to running or looking to set yourself a new challenge. The Eikon Centre also offers an excellent venue with a great stretch of grounds to accommodate most races in one area.

“The day promises to be great fun and I would warmly encourage families, runners and clubs to get involved and sign up today!”

Councillor Aaron McIntyre, Chair of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, added, “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to work in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust to deliver this fantastic event.

“The council has already held a very successful Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run in June and the Running Festival will add to the popular running calendar in the Lisburn area. We are also particularly pleased to welcome the first Full Marathon to the council area, which will provide a great stepping stone for local runners.

“We are also looking forward to cheering on participants from our current Couch to 5K and 5K-10K programmes, who will be taking part in their graduation run as part of the event on 2 October.

“Keeping active is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing so these events and programmes are perfect for getting more people moving together.

“I would like to encourage both experienced runners and those running for fun to sign up for the event and I look forward to cheering you across the finishing line,” concluded Councillor McIntyre.

For further details on the Mary Peter’s Running Festival and to sign up, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk
Summer Scheme Success

Summer Scheme Success

09 August 2022

Local children are enjoying weeks of fun and excitement after taking part in the popular summer scheme programme delivered by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

The ‘Summer in the City’, programme has provided over 2,500 places on summer schemes , swim camps and sports courses across the council’s leisure facilities. Venues include Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre, Kilmakee Activity Centre and Lough Moss Leisure Centre.

Throughout the scheme, children have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities and sports, suited to different age groups. Sessions are delivered by a team of qualified staff and coaches and include activities such as the Leisure Pool, games, bouncy castle and arts & crafts.

Many of the summer schemes also include two out of centre trips each week, providing great value for money as well as additional fun for children.

Sports courses are also delivered across the council area and allow children to experience a new sport or progress their interest in a specific area.  Swim camps take place at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and cater from Baby Bubbles to Junior Level, which is an excellent opportunity to accelerate through the lessons programme.

Visiting some of the Sports Services summer scheme venues, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Aaron McIntyre said,

 “The council recognises the valuable support that summer schemes offer busy and working parents over the holidays.  The schemes ensure children continue to stay active and promotes a lifestyle of health and physical activity for all ages.  The children have had the opportunity to try new sports and make new friendships, all of which helps improve their confidence and social skills particularly when they are off school.  

“The ‘Summer and the City’ programme caters for children aged 5-14 years and includes an extensive choice of sports and activities to suit everyone. This allows children to enrol on a number of different sessions over the summer and gain a different experience each week.

 “I hope all the children continue to enjoy the rest of their summer scheme.  I look forward to welcoming them back to one of our centres again soon, either visiting with their family or for a future activity scheme”, concluded Councillor McIntyre

For more information on activities for children, please visit www.theleisureplex.com
Sports Personality of the Month

Sports Personality of the Month

08 August 2022

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has celebrated the wealth of local sporting talent, following the announcement of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Month Award.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

The latest winners included ice skater, Adam Rajab, who is ranked 1st in the British National Ice Skating rankings in the UK & GB for his age and standard. After qualifying for the British Championships in April, Adam amazingly returned home with a Silver Medal, which was the first podium position in over 20 years for Northern Ireland at the event.

Athlete, Heather Patterson was the second winner this month. Heather who is a member of Jog Lisburn Running Club smashed the UK record for her age category at the Falls Park parkrun in May. Heather is an amazing 75 years old.

Treasurer of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Adrian Daye said, “I am delighted that we can acknowledge the achievements of local athletes through our Sports Personality of the Month and formally recognise the breadth of talent in our communities. I would like to thank Decathlon for their ongoing commitment to sponsoring the awards and making the initiative possible.

“Congratulations to both Adam and Heather on their amazing achievements in their sport. It is fantastic, we can celebrate two remarkable sports people from Lisburn & Castlereagh who have reached such accolades over recent months. We are extremely proud of your sporting success and look forward to hearing more good news stories throughout the year.”

Entries for the latest Sports Personality of the Month are currently open. For more details or to make an entry, please visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LCCCSportsPersonalityofthemonth or email faron.morrison@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Vitality Membership

Vitality Membership

22 June 2022

Adrenaline levels soared at the Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run as thousands of runners descended to the start line to take part in the eagerly awaited races. The popular event returned to the streets of Lisburn on Wednesday 22 June after a 3 year absence following the pandemic.

Organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, the event saw competitive runners, beginners, families and schools take on the challenge of one of Northern Ireland’s favourite running events. 

Some of the countries most talented runners crossed the finishing line with the impressive Karen Alexander taking top honours in the women’s Half Marathon, while Leeann Gibson took a well-deserved second spot and Fiona McFall third. In the men’s Half Marathon, Conor Gallagher made it on to the podium in first place, with Chris Madden taking second place and James Hamilton finishing a strong third.

In the Half Marathon Wheelchair race, Mark Miller finished in first place with Karol Doherty taking second.

Gemma McDonald crossed the finish line in first place in the women’s 10K, followed by Martsje Hell in second and Elisoa Crawford in third place. In the men's 10K, Gareth Lyons finished in first place, closely followed by Tom Baird in second place and Stephen Whylie in third.

The Fun Run was keenly contended with Anna Broderick picking up first place in the female event, followed by Katie Mulholland in second and Isla Wiltshire in third place. The male Fun Run event was proudly won by Luke McCausland who excelled to first place. Second place was won by Ashton Cusick and third place Finn Powell.

Starting the Half Marathon event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Scott Carson said, “The Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run have been firm favourites with runners and families for almost four decades. Tonight is very much the first step to normality as we continue to build on the success of the event once again.

“I was delighted to cheer on so many people of all ages and levels of running experience at the startline, particularly those taking on the challenge of their first Half Marathon.

“The Council is delighted to organise so many sporting events, similar to this one, which provides such a positive platform to encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“Finally I would like to thank everyone for supporting the event and helping to raise donations for my Mayoral Charities, Helping Hands and the Atlas Centre”, concluded Mayor Carson.

The Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Aaron McIntyre added, “The Council is pleased to once again organise this great event and inspire people to come together to get active.

“It was fantastic to see so many participants come out in force to take part in the three events from experienced runners striving for a personal best to those just running with family and friends or their school.  I was delighted to meet so many people around the course earlier when completing the 10K, which was so motivating.

“I would like to thank the council for supporting the event in partnership with their Vitality Membership package, which provides further opportunities for people to get active and have fun together.”

Starting the Fun Run event, Lady Mary Peters, said: “Fun runs are often the first step for people to get involved in physical activity, which can often lead to an interest in other sports or progression onto future running events.

“I remember my own first steps in sport, which led to an Olympic Gold in the Munich Summer Games, 50 years ago, which just shows where early involvement in sport can lead.

“Keeping Active is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing which is so important to everyone, particularly after the challenge of the last two years.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the event. You should be very proud of your achievement and hopefully it will be the start of many more runs to come!”

To view photographs from the event, please visit www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com or check out the Council’s Sports Development Facebook page, Beactivelisburncastlereagh. 

Council Launch Children’s Summer Activity Programme

Council Launch Children’s Summer Activity Programme

24 May 2022

Children from across Lisburn & Castlereagh are gearing up for a summer of fun as the council’s popular ‘Summer in the City’ programme launches on Monday 6 June at 11am.

This year’s programme is jam packed with activity schemes and sports courses to keep children entertained throughout the summer months. It’s the perfect guide for busy parents looking to get their little ones active!

The Council’s summer scheme is open to children aged 5 – 14 years and includes; coached activities, games, arts and crafts, bouncy castles and much more. Schemes will be delivered at various facilities across the council area.

Children can also try out a new sport with a choice of Gaelic Football, Cricket and even Ice Skating camps!  For something that little bit different, there is a Forest School Summer Scheme at Moira Demesne, which is perfect for children with a love of the great outdoors!

Launching the programme, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Sharon Skillen said, “The ‘Summer in the City’ programme is a fantastic opportunity for children to fill their summer holidays with a different activity each week.  I know many parents eagerly look forward to the launch of the programme to plan in childcare or ensure their kids get out of the house and meet new friends.

“Keeping active helps improve our health and mental wellbeing so it is important that children can have fun through our programmes. We hope many will find a love for a new sport or develop a new skill which will inspire a lifetime of physical activity.

“I would encourage parents to sign up for ‘Summer in the City’ and make the school holidays one to remember.”

The enrolment date for the ‘Summer in the City’ programme commences from Monday 6 June at 11am. For full details on the range of activities and to enrol online, please visit www.theleisureplex.com/activities/summer-in-the-city

Ulster Badminton Schools Good Relations Festival

Ulster Badminton Schools Good Relations Festival

25 March 2022

Leisure & Community Development Committee Chair, Councillor Sharon Skillen and Vice Chair Councillor Thomas Beckett welcomed over 120 children to the Ulster Badminton Schools Good Relations Festival hosted at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Thursday 24 March 2022.

The Ulster Badminton Schools Good Relations Festival is part of cross community programme within the Lisburn & Castlereagh area.  The festival included fun badminton activities along with good relations activity from Holywood Family Trust.  Pupils from four schools across the Lisburn & Castlereagh area were in attendance: Ballymacward Primary School, Carr Primary School, Riverdale Primary School and St Ita’s Primary School.

Pictutred: Kyle Dunn, Club & Coaching Officer Ulster Badminton; Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee and Faron Morrison, Sports Development Officer. 

Pictutred: Back row: Kyle Dunn, Club & Coaching Officer Ulster Badminton; Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee

Front row: Cael McDonald, Ballymacward Primary School; Sonny Burnes, St Ita's Primary School; Lucy Martin, Riverdale Primary School and Annabelle Lewis, Carr Primary School. 

Pictured: Liam McCusker, Holywood Family Trust with pupils from local primary schools. 

IFA Training Scores with Laurelhill Community College

IFA Training Scores with Laurelhill Community College

24 March 2022

A programme of energetic IFA courses has hit the back of the net with pupils from Laurelhill Community College in Lisburn.

The course was delivered by the Irish Football Association to Year 13 and 14 pupils as part of their BTEC National Diploma in Sports. The college is the only post primary school to provide this unique qualification for its pupils.

The aim of the training was to complement the syllabus by equipping pupils with practical experience and theoretical knowledge involved in coaching. Sessions included an IFA Referees Course, Grassroots Introductory and Futsal Introductory.

Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee said: “The training offered by the IFA equips young people with valuable knowledge and skills which they can transfer to both a club and school setting.

“Laurelhill Community College has strong links with local sports clubs in Lisburn, including successful working relationships with Hillsborough Boys and Ballymacash Rangers. Additionally, many pupils currently play for and volunteer at clubs such as Lisburn Rangers, Lisburn Distillery and Lower Maze. It is hoped on completion of the programme, pupils can now make a real difference in our communities by using their new skills to volunteer their time and ease coaching pressure at club level.

“Students are also involved in coaching sessions with Ballymacash Primary School, Killowen Primary School as well as coaching their Year 8 and 9 peers. They have also coordinated and officiated the Lisburn Primary Schools Football League every Thursday which has been a roaring success.

“This mix of experience gained through the IFA programme has clearly had a positive impact on the pupils in terms of their skill set and enjoyment of the participants. I look forward to hearing how the pupils progress as they take their first steps on the coaching ladder.”

Jimmy Walker, Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added: “Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh was delighted to offer financial assistance to deliver this unique training opportunity within Laurelhill Community College.

“The pupils have gained a wealth of new experience which will provide a solid foundation for a career or volunteering role within the local community. I would like to thank the IFA for supporting the programme and helping to inspire the next generation of sports coaches.

Pictured: Pupils from Laurelhill Community College along with Mr J Martin, Principal of Laurelhill Community College School; Gary Devenney, BTEC Sports Tutor; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee; Damian McLaughlin, Schools and Futsal Officer Irish FA; Faron Morrison, Sports Development Officer and Mr Jimmy Walker, Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh.

Pictured L-R:  Damian McLaughlin, Schools and Futsal Officer Irish FA; Gary Devenney, BTEC Sports Tutor; Mr Jimmy Walker, Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh; Faron Morrison, LCCC Sports Development Officer; Ellie Kenwell; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee and Kurtis Lyons.

Council Supports Local Athletes

Council Supports Local Athletes

23 March 2022

Athletes from across Lisburn & Castlereagh are being offered a unique opportunity to receive help with their training through a new Elite Athlete Club initiative. The programme was launched by Lady Mary Peters to inspire young people to reach their potential in sport.

The Elite Athletes Club provides eligible athletes with free entry to the gym and swimming pool at council leisure facilities. The aim is to support athletes with their training by helping them fulfil their fitness and strength & conditioning goals.

The programme is open to those who can demonstrate their sporting success performing at Ulster, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain or County level. They must also reside within the Lisburn & Castlereagh area.

Praising the Elite Athletes Club, Lady Mary Peters said: “It has been a challenge for many athletes to stay on course with their training throughout the pandemic. Opportunities such as the Elite Athlete Club, offered by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, will make a real difference to the development and progress of young people in their sport.

“It was a pleasure to meet both James Clark and Ellie Scott who have achieved amazing success in hockey and football. I look forward with excitement to hear of their sporting success throughout the rest of the sporting year.”

Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee added: “I am delighted that the council can support the many talented sports people in our community who are performing at local, national and international level.

I hope the Elite Athlete Club can support their training programme by offering free entry to our gyms and swimming pool at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. Participants will now receive a Vitality card, which means they can book our facilities as often as they need throughout the year.

“I would like to thank Lady Mary Peters for helping to promote the programme. I know her Gold medal at Munich Summer Olympics in 1972 has inspired so many people over the years to reach the highest level in their sport.”

Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh said, “I am delighted that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to develop sport in the area.

“The Elite Athlete Club will help athletes focus their training to help nurture the amazing talent we have on our doorstep. Grant aid is also available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for competitions outside of Northern Ireland”.

To request an application form, please email Faron Morrison, Sports Development Officer: Faron.morrison@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Pictured from L-R: Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee; Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh; James Clark; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee Ellie Scott and Lady Mary Peters.

Pictured from L-R: Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh; Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee; Ellie Scott and Lady Mary Peters.

Pictured from L-R: Lady Mary Peters; Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh; Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee and James Clark.

Sign up for the Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run!

Sign up for the Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run!

03 March 2022

The Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run is back for 2022! After two years away due to the pandemic, the event returns to live racing on Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 6.30pm.

Starting at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, the event is a firm favourite on the sporting calendar, attracting participants from across Northern Ireland and beyond.  Runners can use the opportunity to get back into training or beat the clock with a new Personal Best time.

For those wishing to take part for fun, the 3K Fun Run is a great event to run with family and friends while soaking up the atmosphere. Schools and youth groups are encouraged to register and get all ages active together!

All events are inclusive and are open to wheelchair and hand cycle participants. What’s more, all participants who register before 30 April, can avail of the new early bird rate.

Speaking at the launch of the event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Stephen Martin said, “The Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run has been a popular event in the running calendar for almost four decades. I know many runners have missed live racing due to the pandemic so there will be some very excited participants eager to get back out training again.

“I would warmly encourage families, schools and youth groups to get involved too with proceeds from the event supporting my Mayoral Charities. This year’s Fun Run will be a great opportunity to get moving together and create a memorable night for everyone once again.”

Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, added, “I am delighted to see the return of the Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event is one of the largest participation sports in Northern Ireland and it has been missed by the thousands of runners who normally take part each year.

“With the growing popularity of our Vitality Membership package, the council continues to offer a wide range of events and programmes to get people active. Given the challenge of the last two years, we are aware more than ever about the importance of looking after our physical health & wellbeing through these opportunities.

“I would like to encourage both competitive runners and fun runners to sign up for the event and I look forward to cheering you across the finish line on 22 June,” concluded Councillor Skillen.

For further information or to register for the Half Marathon, 10K Road Race or Fun Run, visit www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com. To avail of our early bird rates, sign up online before 30th April 2022. Details can also be found on the Council’s Sports Development Facebook page, ‘Be Active, Stay Active Lisburn Castlereagh.


 
Local Athletes Receive Sports Bursary

Local Athletes Receive Sports Bursary

21 February 2022

Fifty six young athletes from Lisburn & Castlereagh have been presented with a special Bursary Award in recognition of their sporting achievements. The award was presented by Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh to help young people reach their potential in sport.

To qualify for a bursary, successful applicants had to demonstrate their sporting prowess performing for Ulster, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain or County level. A wide range of sporting disciplines were represented, including young people competing in athletics, gymnastics, BMX, Taekwondo, hockey, Gaelic football, bowls, netball, soccer, motorcycle racing, equestrian and racquet sports.

Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee praised the Bursary winners. She said, “I am delighted to see so many young sports people receive a Sports Bursary. The award highlights the sporting talent we have in our community who are representing the council area at local, national and international level.

“I hope the award helps these young people in their pursuit for excellence in their chosen sport. I appreciate the hours of training and travel costs that it takes to reach your potential and I hope the bursary will make a small difference to help you fulfil your sporting ambitions.”

Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added, “I am delighted that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to recognise the achievements of these young people.

“The Young Athlete Bursary Award will provide financial help towards some of the costs of training, travel and equipment, which I hope will have a positive impact on your sporting accomplishments.

 “Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh are very proud of your achievements and look forward to hearing about your success stories throughout the year.”

Register for a Recruitment Open Day!

Register for a Recruitment Open Day!

17 February 2022

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex is holding two unique recruitment open days for the positions of Leisure Assistant and Trainee Leisure Assistant. The recruitment days will take place on Thursday 24 February, 5pm-9pm and Saturday 26 February, 11am-5pm.

By attending an open day, candidates will have the opportunity to complete a swimming test, fill out an application form and interview - all on the same day. It is a great way to fast track through the recruitment and selection process.

Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee welcomed the recruitment open days: “The LeisurePlex is currently recruiting for Leisure Assistants, which is an exciting opportunity for prospective staff to work in a dynamic and energetic environment. The facility is one of Northern Ireland’s leading visitor attractions which will open doors to a wealth of skills and experience in the leisure and tourism sector.

“The council has also recently created a Trainee Leisure Assistant role which means staff will be taken through a NPLQ Qualification, which is a fantastic personal development prospect. Once qualified, trainees will then progress to the Leisure Assistant role on a higher salary band.

“A number of roles are available on a full time, part-time and casual basis. It is essential that all applicants can complete a basic swimming test, which is the first part of the recruitment process. A National Lifeguarding Qualification is also desirable but not essential.”

The rate of pay for a Leisure Assistant role is £10.01 per hour and the Trainee Leisure Assistant is £9.62 per hour. The Trainee role rate will rise to £10.01 once qualified.

To register for one of the recruitment open days, please phone the Senior Leisure Assistant Team at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on 07792261393

New Year Opening Hours

New Year Opening Hours

16 December 2021

We wish to inform customers of the New Year Opening Hours for Lagan Valley LeisurePlex:​

  • 29 & 30 December - Normal Opening Hours
  • New Year’s Eve - Closes at 6.00pm
  • New Year’s Day - CLOSED
Family Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre

Family Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre

11 November 2021

Local families will be pulling on their festive running shoes as they prepare to take part in the magical Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre. The popular event will take place at the Carryduff facility on Wednesday 8th December at 6.30pm.

Participants can get into the Christmas spirit as they run, jog or walk across a spectacular glow lit trail. The event is the perfect activity for families as you simply complete as many laps as you can, up to a maximum of 5K. There is also a special Santa Zumba warm up class to keep everyone’s toes defrosted!

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Stephen Martin said, “I would like to encourage everyone regardless of age and level of fitness to register for this year’s Santa Dash. The entry fee is £5, which includes your very own Santa hat and a selection box for crossing the finish line!

“Proceeds will also raise funds for my chosen mayoral charities ADD N.I. and MACS which help young people and children facing real challenges. Please spread the word and get as many Santa dressed participants running or walking to help support two worthy causes.”

Councillor Sharon Skillen Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “I am thrilled that the Santa Dash has returned to Lough Moss Leisure Centre after it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. The event has always been a popular activity on people’s Christmas calendars so it is fantastic that we can welcome back families and runners to the facility.

“Remember you don’t need to be an experienced runner to take part, you just need to bring plenty of smiles and lots of Christmas spirit.  There may even be a few elves to cheer you along the way!”

Registration for the Santa Dash is available online by visiting www.theleisureplex.com/book-online.  Bookings will close on Tuesday 7 December. For further details, please email robert.geary@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Local Olympian and Paralympian Receive Special Bursary

Local Olympian and Paralympian Receive Special Bursary

08 November 2021

Olympian Kurt Walker and Paralympian Jason Smyth have received a special sports bursary from Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh. The award was presented in recognition of their achievements in their sport as residents of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Kurt who is from Lisburn and trains at Canal Boxing Club, achieved a commendable fourth place in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The featherweight quarter final was closely contended with Kurt narrowly missing out on a medal in a split decision.

Moira resident, Jason picked up a gold medal in the 100m T13 classification at the Paralympic Games. The final came down to the wire with Jason beating the Algerian athlete by one-hundredth of a second to take his sixth career gold medal.

Speaking about the bursary, Jimmy Walker, Chair of Sport Lisburn and Castlereagh said, “We were delighted to recognise the achievements of both Kurt and Jason at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Having two athletes from the council area compete on a world stage is a fantastic achievement and shows the quality of the clubs and coaches in our communities.

“I hope that the bursary can help support Jason and Kurt with their future training costs as they continue to represent the council area at major competitions across the world. I have no doubt that I will hear many more success stories as the sporting calendar unfolds.”

Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “Taking part in the Olympics and Paralympics is the ultimate goal for many athletes when they start out in their sporting career. We are immensely proud of Kurt and Jason’s achievements. I know their ambition and success will inspire many young people in our council area to follow their dream and reach the highest level in their sport.

“I would like to thank Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh for their continued commitment to both elite athletes and local clubs to help nurture and encourage the enormous talent we have on our doorstep.”

Photo Caption: Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee and Mr Jimmy Walker, Chair of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh present a bursary cheque to Olympian Kurt Walker and Paralympian Jason Smyth

Haunting Halloween Fun!

Haunting Halloween Fun!

12 October 2021

Join us for a Freaky Friday of fun for all the family at from 5pm – 7pm on Friday 29 October 2021!

The Leisure Pool will be open from 11am – 7pm with staggered session start times, please note the live DJ Entertainment will take place between 5pm and 7pm only.  Child admissions policy applies.

Booking opens one week in advance.  Book your Leisure Pool Slide Session online from 7am on Friday 22 October! Please select ‘Leisure Pool Slide Session 1 hr 20mins’ from the drop down menu and your chosen session time.

Early booking recommended as places are likely to book up quickly.

On arrival simply show proof of your booking to avail of lots of freaky fun including:

  • Live DJ Entertainment
  • Freaky Face Painting
  • Wicked prizes

Why not come along in your own fancy dress for after your swim?

See you there – if you are brave enough!

Did you know? We are also having a Spooky Saturday of fun for all the family at Dundonald International Ice Bowl from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday 30 October 2021!

Booking opens 2 weeks in advance for ice skating, Indiana Land and tenpin bowling.   Book ice skating and Indiana Land online from 7am on Saturday 16 October! To book bowling, please call the Bowling Centre on 028 9080 9102/ 02890 809104. 

Halloween activities are FREE to all customers. Simply show proof of your ticket to avail of lots of freaky fun including:

  • Devilish Disco
  • Creepy Crafts
  • Freaky Face Painting
  • Spooky Selfie Station
  • And meet our Haunting Halloween characters including Marvel’s Hulk and Wanda, plus our stilt walker Jack and Sally from The Nightmare before Christmas.

Lots of wicked prizes to be won throughout the day.

Why not come along in your own fancy dress?

Training Courses Launched for Sports Clubs in Lisburn & Castlereagh

Training Courses Launched for Sports Clubs in Lisburn & Castlereagh

28 September 2021

Olympian Kurt Walker and Paralympian Jason Smyth are encouraging local sports clubs to sign up for specialised training as part of the council’s coach education programme.

Sports clubs and coaches can now access over 20 courses, which are available to book throughout the sporting year. These courses will give clubs the skills to develop their organisation and get the best out of their players and athletes. Course choices include Strength & Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, Sports Performance Analysis, Sports Psychology and First Aid to name but a few of the courses available.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee said, “We have many great clubs in our council area, whose success is down to the commitment and motivation of coaches and back room staff. Many hours of training goes into building clubs to help players and athletes reach their potential on a local, national and international stage.

“I would like to thank Kurt and Jason for helping to launch this year’s coach education programme. I know their achievements at the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics will have inspired so many clubs to strive to the highest level in their sport.”

Boxer, Kurt Walker said, “I would encourage local clubs to sign up for several of the courses on the council’s coach education programme. It is important that clubs are equipped with the skills to support the next generation of Olympians from Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Athlete, Jason Smyth added, “The wide selection of courses available on the coach education programme will help clubs obtain a wealth of skills and knowledge. I hope the programme will encourage clubs to provide a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment to get the best out of players and athletes at grassroots level.”

For the full timetable of training courses and to book online, please visit https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/coaching-courses  For further information, please email kevin.madden@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Changes to the Online Booking System

Changes to the Online Booking System

13 August 2021

We would like to advise customers of upcoming changes to the online booking system.  A planned update will take place on the evening of Tuesday 17 August 2021 at approximately 11.00pm.  This will result in a period of downtime for online services.

Customers will notice from Wednesday 18 August 2021 that the display screen in the online portal will look slightly different.

You will now be able to see a list of all bookings which will include activity ticket bookings (swimming / ice skating/ bowling). 
 
A summary of changes are further explained below. Please note screen shots have been provided as examples and may vary slightly. 

  • Once logged in, you should navigate to the ‘Make Bookings' tab to start your booking:

  • From here, you can select the ‘Drop in Bookings’ tab to book an activity or class.

  • The ‘Drop in Timetables’ tab will display the class timetable for each centre.

Activity Tickets 
(Tenpin bowling, ice skating, swimming)

Browse Tickets Tab
This will take you through to where you can browse activity tickets available to buy.

View Bookings Tab
View My Bookings - This page will take you through to your list of bookings

Thank you for your patience while adjusting to these new changes.

Star Appearances at GAA Summer Camp

Star Appearances at GAA Summer Camp

13 August 2021

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in partnership with St Joseph’s GAC, Glenavy was delighted to host an action packed GAA Summer camp on the club’s grounds along with a second camp held at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff.

The camp welcomed sixty enthusiastic boys and girls aged 7-12 years to a week long programme of football, fun and friendship across both camps. The aim of the GAA summer camps was to encourage children to take up Gaelic for the first time and to get active, as well as to help develop the skills of existing players in a fun environment.

Both summer camps welcomed a guest coach appearance from two of the top GAA talents, Antrim forward Paddy McBride, and Armagh midfielder Oisin O’Neill. Both teachers by profession, Paddy and Oisin offered the children top tips and advice on how to grow and develop as a player, plus teaching the basic skills of soloing, fist and kick passing, shooting and tackling.

Speaking about the GAA summer camp, Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee said: “It is great to see so many boys and girls taking part in this year’s Gaelic camp at both Glenavy and Carryduff. The week has been all about getting active and having fun. The level of talent on display has been nothing short of impressive!”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for organising such successful camps for the second year running. I would also like to extend a special word of thanks to Mark, Ben and Josh, the coaches from St Patrick’s GAC, for their dedicated teaching and support throughout the week and the guest coaches for their appearances.”

Also commenting about the camps, Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of the council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee continued, “The council is passionate about providing events and initiatives for children of all ages that encourages physical activity and ultimately promotes a healthier and balanced lifestyle.”

“It was fantastic for the children to see and hear from the guest coaches and to learn from their expert knowledge of the game.  I would like to extend a word of thanks to all those involved in making the programme a huge success.”

L – R: Jack Duffy; Kevin Madden, Community Sports Development Officer, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; Cora Rogan; Paddy McBride, Antrim forward; Michael Duffy; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Vice Chair of Leisure and Community Development Committee, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; Luke Brankin pictured at the Gaelic Summer Camp at Glenavy.

Guest Coach Paddy McBride, Antrim forward, shares top tips with children at the Gaelic Summer Camp at Glenavy.

L- R: Daniel Guy; Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of Leisure and Community Development Committee, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; Ellie Cleland; Oisin O’Neill, Armagh midfielder; Rose McCartan; Kevin Madden, Community Sports Development Officer, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; Osian Woods pictured at the Gaelic Summer Camp at Lough Moss Leisure Centre.

Guest Coach Oisin O’Neill, Armagh midfielder, shares top tips with children at the Gaelic Summer Camp at Lough Moss Leisure Centre.

Mark Churneck, Ben and Josh McMullan coaches from St Patrick’s GAC take the week long Gaelic Summer Camps at both Glenavy and Lough Moss Leisure Centre. 

Council Summer Scheme Returns with a Huge Success

Council Summer Scheme Returns with a Huge Success

06 August 2021

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to be able to once again provide valuable support to parents over the summer holidays through its popular summer scheme programme. The scheme was cancelled last year due to the pandemic and the return this year was greatly welcomed by local parents and children.

Entitled ‘Summer in the City’, the programme has provided over 650 places on

summer schemes and sports courses across multiple venues, including Lagan Valley LeisurePlex , Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre,  Kilmakee Activity Centre and Lough Moss Leisure Centre.

Throughout the scheme, children have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities and sports, suitable for their age group, which are supervised by a team of qualified staff. Activities have included kayaking at Glenmore Activity Centre, swimming and leisure pool fun at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex; and games, arts and crafts, bouncy castle and a wide choice of sports courses at all venues.

Many of the summer schemes also include out of centre trips each week to places such as Dundonald International Ice Bowl and the cinema, providing hours of endless fun for participants.

Visiting some of the Sports Services summer scheme venues this week, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Sharon Skillen said,

“We are delighted to see so many children enjoying the wide range of activities available through our Summer in the City programme, having missed out on a year of summer schemes in 2020.

“The council recognises the valuable support that summer schemes offer busy and working parents over the school holidays.  The schemes ensure children continue to stay active over the school break and promote a lifestyle of health and physical activity for all ages.  The children have had the opportunity to try new sports, many for the first time, and to make new friendships, all of which helps improve their confidence and social skills particularly when they are off school.  We are especially grateful to have access to such wonderful outdoor resources in the council area, such as the Lagan Towpath right on the doorstep of Glenmore Activity Centre. The children had great fun kayaking with Lisburn City Paddlers.

“The Council strives to assist as many families as possible by providing a wide range of cost effective summer scheme options for children aged 5 to 14.

“I hope all the children continue to enjoy the rest of their summer scheme.  I look forward to welcoming them back to one of our centres again soon, either visiting with their family or for a future activity scheme”, concluded Councillor Skillen.

For more information on the Summer in the City programme, please click here. 

Pictured above: Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Sharon Skillen enjoys a paddle in a kayak along the Lagan Towpath with Graeme Larmour, Lisburn City Paddlers, Thomas McCutcheon and Jack Davidson, who attended Glenmore Activity Centre Summer Scheme.

Lots of outdoor fun was had at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Summer Scheme. Pictured L-R: Oisin O’Hagan, Eva Doherty, Indie McCrea, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Sharon Skillen, Niamh Cooke, James Doherty (back row), Orlaith McConville and Jacob Doherty.

Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Sharon Skillen pictured with Conan O’Reilly and Grace McCutcheon at Glenmore Activity Centre Summer Scheme.

Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Sharon Skillen pictured with Julia Kerr enjoying arts and crafts at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Summer Scheme.

Children enjoyed a range of sports including dodgeball at Glenmore Activity Scheme Summer Scheme.

Children enjoyed a range of sports including basketball at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Summer Scheme.

ASD Friendly Sessions at Indiana Land

ASD Friendly Sessions at Indiana Land

04 August 2021

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to offer customers a choice of Disability and Autism Friendly sessions at both Dundonald International Ice Bowl and Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

Sessions run at Dundonald International Ice Bowl on the second and  last Friday in the month from 5.45pm- 7.00pm.

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex sessions are held every Tuesday from 6.00pm-7.00pm in the Leisure Pool.

Both sessions are open to customers with a disability or on the ASD spectrum. Families can participate in the sessions with their child to enable the whole family to enjoy quality time together in a quieter and controlled setting.

Claire Weston, mother of Teddy, commented, “We have been attending Dundonald International Ice Bowl since Teddy was about 4 years of age. Now aged ten, Teddy has a great relationship with the staff, everybody from reception, to the café and the activities. The staff are all well trained and wonderfully welcoming and understanding of Teddy’s needs; and always accommodating. It truly feels like a safe space. 

“The ASD Friendly Sessions in Indiana Land take place at a time that works well for families. We especially appreciate the provision for older Autistic children. The adjustments to the session are great.  Music is turned down or off and the number of people in the session is less than usual. Staff also do a countdown as the end of the session approaches to allow the children time to prepare to leave.

“Teddy particularly loves the sensory room. It's an amazing resource! It is calm and relaxing and a great use of space if she needs some time out from the main Indiana Land play areas.

“I would encourage any family with an Autistic child or children to give one of the sessions a go.”

Sessions are available to Buddy Card holders and can be booked online up to 7 days in advance at www.theicebowl.com or www.theleisureplex.com.

For further information or to apply for a Buddy Card please contact Dundonald International Ice Bowl on 9080 9123 or 90 80 9129 or email icebowl@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk.

Disability Friendly Sessions

Disability Friendly Sessions

19 July 2021

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to offer customers a choice of Disability and Autism Friendly sessions, over the summer months at both Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Dundonald International Ice Bowl. 

The LeisurePlex sessions are held every Tuesday from 6pm-7pm in the Leisure Pool while the sessions at Dundonald International Ice Bowl run the last Friday in the month at Indiana Land from 5.30pm- 7pm.

Both sessions are open to customers with a disability or the ASD spectrum. Families can participate in the sessions with their child to enable the whole family to enjoy quality time together in a quieter and controlled setting.

Attending one of the sessions at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee said: “The Council endeavours, where feasible, to provide an inclusive service throughout all facilities so I am very pleased that we have been able to continue to offer Disability Friendly Sessions at both Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Dundonald International Ice Bowl.

“Children with a disability and their families have been impacted the most by the pandemic so it is important to reintroduce these sessions to provide an outlet for families to enjoy leisure time and fun together.

“The Leisure Pool session includes access to all the slides, Lazy River and Aqualand Land interactive play area for an hour of endless fun. Floats, balls and rings are also added to the pool to promote further engagement opportunities for the whole family.

“The Indiana Land session is open to customers and siblings aged 10-14 years and includes access to two floors of adventure through hidden tunnels, daring rope bridges and the famous freefall slide. We are also excited to offer children access to the newly refurbished sensory room in the play area to allow children to enjoy a break from their activity.

“Both sessions are specifically aimed at customers with a disability or the ASD spectrum and run with reduced numbers to ensure activities offer the same level of fun in a quieter, more relaxed environment.”

Sessions are available to Buddy Card holders and are available to book online up to 7 days in advance at www.theleisureplex.com or www.theicebowl.com.

For further information or to apply for a Buddy Card please contact Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on 02892672121 or email leisureplex@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or alternatively contact Dundonald International Ice Bowl on 02890809129 or email icebowl@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk.

Local teens enjoy 3 days of sport at Lough Moss Leisure Centre

Local teens enjoy 3 days of sport at Lough Moss Leisure Centre

15 July 2021

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to offer local young people the opportunity to take part in a fun programme of physical activity sessions at Lough Moss Leisure Centre. The programme was delivered over three days by the council’s Sports Development team in conjunction with Breda Dreamscheme group and the PSNI.

Dreamscheme is a Northern Ireland youth charity creating safe spaces where young people can thrive. The organisation works closely with the Dundonald Neighbourhood Police Team in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area to identify those 'at risk' and strives to help young people reach their potential through positive work activities.

Fifteen young people, aged between 14 and 16 years, attended the 90 minute sessions across 3 days at the Carryduff centre.  Participants had the opportunity to enjoy a range of sports including tag rugby, netball, Olympic handball, cricket, rounders and soccer.

Councillor Sharon Skillen, Chair of the Leisure and Community Development Committee said, “As part of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Community Plan 2017-2032, there is a significant focus on meeting the needs of children and young people.

“The council recognises the importance of ensuring our young people feel valued and encouraged, particularly as we continue to see the impact of the pandemic on this age group. We know that children and teens at times have felt frustrated, bored and isolated from their normal routine which has had a detrimental outcome on their overall health and wellbeing.

“The sessions at Lough Moss Leisure Centre were about helping young people reach their potential through a range of positive activities.  Participants were given the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and try a new sport, which provided a fantastic life skill and also promoted the importance of integrating structured physical activity into their lifestyle.

“I would like to thank the young people for taking part in the programme and look forward to welcoming them back to our leisure facilities in the near future.”

Emma Foy, Dreamscheme Area Lead commented, “Sport has long been used to help young people channel their energy through structured activities.  The feedback from the last number of days has been very positive. The young people have had the opportunity to try out a number of different sports, many for the first time, including netball, Olympic handball and tag rugby.”

Summer in the City

Summer in the City

28 May 2021

CHILDREN GET SET FOR A SUMMER OF ACTIVITIES ACROSS LISBURN & CASTLEREAGH

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is offering children and young people the opportunity to get active this summer and enjoy a range of fun packed activities as part of the popular, ‘Summer in the City’ programme. Bookings will open on Monday 7 June at 11am, giving parents plenty of time to make plans before the start of the school holidays!

This year, the programme is filled with an amazing choice of sports courses and summer activity schemes to keep children occupied throughout July and August, which is particularly important for their physical and mental health after such a difficult 12 months.

Children aged 5 – 14 years, can enrol on the Council’s summer scheme programme with a fun blend of coached activities, games, arts and crafts, bouncy castles and much more. Schemes will be delivered at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre and Kilmakee Activity Centre.

There are also sports specific schemes and courses such as Golf, Basketball, Gaelic Football, Goal Keeping and even a Gardening Club to help children try a new activity. There is also a Disability Kids Club and access to Disability Hub Inclusive Cycles at Lough Moss Leisure Centre in Carryduff.

Launching the summer programme, Alderman Michael Henderson MBE said, “Our ‘Summer in the City’ programme provides the perfect platform to encourage children across the council area to get active this summer.

“Returning to physical activity is a vital step in enhancing people’s health and wellbeing, particularly children and young people whose lives have been most impacted by the pandemic. Children have spent significant time this year, taking part in virtual classes and home schooling which has isolated them from their normal routine and peers.

“The council is delighted to provide an extensive summer programme to help children get involved and enjoy some fun with other young people during the school holidays. It is also a great opportunity for children to step out of their comfort zone and try a new sport or activity, which is a fantastic life skill and it could potentially start an interest in a cool new hobby.”

The enrolment date for the ‘Summer in the City’ programme commences from Monday 7 June at 11am. For full details on the range of activities and to enrol online, please visit https://www.theleisureplex.com/activities/summer-in-the-city

Leisure Centres Reopen Further Activities

Leisure Centres Reopen Further Activities

21 May 2021

From Monday 24 May, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is looking forward to welcoming customers and members back to its remaining leisure activities as part of the NI Executive’s Pathway to Recovery.

Customers have already been visiting the gym, 25m swimming pool and a range of outdoor classes since April but from Monday they can now enjoy an extensive range of activities which were previously available before the pandemic.

All activities will return to Dundonald International Ice Bowl, including the eagerly awaited Indiana Land soft play area which had previously been closed for over 12 months.  Tenpin bowling and ice skating will also reopen, providing a much needed day out for families and young people with a choice of three activities under one roof.

Families can also make a splash down the longest and fastest water slides in the Leisure Pool at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. This includes a meander around the Lazy River as well as fun and laughter in Aqualand play area with water shooting bicycles and slides. The Mission Inflatable assault course will also return for a post lockdown adventure and the 25m pool will remain open for lane swimming and family sessions.

Racquet sports fans can also book sessions for badminton, squash and pickleball. Singles for pickleball and badminton can be booked online while doubles and all squash sessions must be booked by contacting the centre directly. Current guidelines on household mixing and bubbling will apply for all squash bookings.

The luxurious spa, which is reopening after 12 months, will provide a welcomed chill out at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. This is the perfect activity to unwind after a workout or spa for a well-deserved treat! Sessions must be pre-booked and numbers will be restricted for your safety.

A timetable of indoor classes will resume across our centres to include a range of classes for both adults and children. Children’s activities include basketball, gymnastics, trampoling and archery, while popular adult classes return for group cycling, yoga, pilates, circuits, tabata and aquafit to name but a few of the sessions available. Class timetables will vary per centre and customers are advised to check with the venue before booking.

Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the reopening said: “The Council is excited to be reopening further activities across its leisure centres from Monday 24 May. It has been a long 5 months and we are delighted to be finally welcoming Vitality members and customers back through our doors for an extensive range of activities, which were previously available before the pandemic.

“Returning to physical activity is a vital step in enhancing people’s health and wellbeing, particularly after such a difficult 12 months. Children have missed their normal routine so it is fantastic that we can now offer families a wide choice of activities for a well-deserved day out.

“I am particularly pleased that Indiana Land is reopening again, after being closed for over a year. Children have been eagerly waiting to get back to the centre to burn off some energy and enjoy the famous Freefall slide! Ice skating and tenpin bowling also returns as well as the Leisure Pool and Mission Inflatable at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex to help fill your diary over the summer months.

“It is also great to see indoor classes resume to enable both adults and children to get back to structured sessions and engage in regular physical activity again. There are a wide range of classes available to suit all levels of fitness so I would encourage everyone to give a session a try. Our motivational instructors are more than happy to help you every step of the way.

“While the Council is excited to reopen, we recognise the importance of staying safe and following the guidelines within our centres as well as the advice from the NI Executive. A copy of our visitor advice is available on our website, which we would ask customers to read before attending our centres.

 “Finally I would like to thank customers and Vitality members for their support this year and look forward to welcoming everyone back to our centres for a full range of activities from Monday 24 May.”

Pre-booking is essential. Online bookings can be made through our online booking page or via the Vitality App, Tenpin bowling, squash and doubles racquet sports must be booked by contacting the relevant centre.

Please read our safety advice prior to your viist to our centres . Ice Bowl Safety Rules and LeisurePlex Safety Rules.

We're Good to Go

We're Good to Go

22 October 2020

WE’RE GOOD TO GO

We are delighted to have received the ‘We’re Good to Go’ stamp of approval for Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

The UK-wide industry standard, “We’re Good to Go” means we are committed to operating safely so you can enjoy a visit with total certainty.

Some of the safety measures we have put in place include:

  • A one-way system & hand sanitising stations throughout centre
  • Social distancing signage and restricted numbers
  • Stringent and regular cleaning regimes
  • Pre-booking for all activities to allow for track & trace
  • The requirement for face coverings to be worn when entering and exiting our centres and within all public areas (such as foyer, reception and concourse spaces). Face coverings are not required when participating in activities due to restricted numbers and stringent social distancing measures already in place.

For further information on the safety proceedures put in place around the centre, please visit Visitor Information. 

Council to reopen Ice Skating and Swimming

Council to reopen Ice Skating and Swimming

05 August 2020

From Friday 7th August, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will reopen further leisure facilities in line with the next phase of the NI Executive’s Pathway to Recovery.

This phase will see the reopening of the 25m swimming pool, including the Mission Inflatable assault course, at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Friday 7th August. Only lane swimming, with a maximum of 4 people per lane, and segregated family swimming sessions will be available at this time. In addition to these activities, the centre will reopen its doors to the ever popular Leisure Pool on Monday 10 August. Slides and Aqualand play area will open for bookings but the Lazy River will remain closed at this time. Customers must arrive to the facility pool ready, i.e. wearing swimming gear below their clothing. Lockers will be available on arrival and changing and showering facilities can only be accessed after each swimming session. Pre-booking for all swimming sessions is essential.

Ice skating at Dundonald International Ice Bowl will also reopen on Friday 7th August, which is great news for ice skating fans and families looking for the perfect day out. There will be three ice skating sessions running from 1pm each day.  Skate hire is available along with the use of skating aids to help young children on the ice. Numbers on the ice will be restricted to 30 people per session at this stage, therefore pre-booking for all ice skating sessions is essential.

Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the reopening of the pool and ice skating said: The council is pleased to have reached the next stage of the NI Executive Plan, with the reopening of further leisure facilities to provide a choice of activities for customers and families looking to return to regular physical activity or enjoy much needed family time together. With the reopening of tenpin bowling, the gym and classes in July, we see this new phase as another step in the right direction to enhance people’s health and wellbeing at a time of change.

“While our centres will continue to look a little different under this ‘new normal’, we will strive to ensure that all customers still have an enjoyable and safe experience when visiting our centres. This will mean numbers and session times will be restricted within the centre so it is essential that all ice skating and swimming sessions are booked in advance.  Walk-ins will not be permitted at any centre and customers will be declined entry without a prior booking.

“Ice skating and pool sessions must be booked online with the exception of family sessions in the 25m pool which should be booked through the centre reception desk. Visitors to the swimming pool are also reminded due to restricted changing facilities they must arrive ‘pool ready’ as showering and changing facilities will only become available at the end of each swimming session.

“Customers are advised to familiarise themselves with the latest Visitor Advice prior to their booking which is available on both centre websites. It is also essential that no one travels to facilities if they or anyone in their household have Covid -19 symptoms and if they feel unwell during their visit, they should speak to the Duty Manager immediately.

“Finally, the council would like to thank customers for their understanding during this phased approach and look forward to welcoming everyone back to our centres to enjoy a further choice of activities.”

All session times must be booked online. To book an ice skating session, visit www.theicebowl.com. To book lane swimming, Mission Inflatable or a Leisure Pool session, visit www.theleisureplex.com. Family swim sessions can only be booked by phoning reception at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on 028 9267 2121. Under no circumstances should visitors arrive at a centre without booking in advance.

Council Starts the Phased Approach of Opening its Leisure Facilities

Council Starts the Phased Approach of Opening its Leisure Facilities

10 July 2020

From Thursday 16 July, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will reopen selected leisure facilities as part of a phased approach in line with the NI Executive’s Pathway to Recovery.

The first stage will see the gym and group exercise classes reopen exclusively to Vitality Members at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex at 6.00am on 16 July. Pre-booking for all classes is essential and members are required to book their gym session at this time. Very limited changing and showering facilities will be available, on a first come, first served basis, and members are advised to arrive at the facilities prepared to start their workout.

The tenpin bowling centre at Dundonald International Ice Bowl will also open to customers on 16 July, providing a well-deserved day out for families over the summer months. Bowling must be pre-booked and numbers will be restricted to six family members per lane or a maximum of 4 non-family members socially distanced per lane. For the safety of all customers, screens will be in place between lanes and customers will be assigned dedicated bowling balls during their visit.

Many other activities will also reopen over the forthcoming weeks.  The gym and group exercise classes will open its doors to Vitality Members at Lough Moss Leisure Centre in Carryduff on Monday 27 July, while it is presently anticipated the swimming pool at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, ice skating at Dundonald International Ice Bowl and indoor sports courts will reopen to all customers on Friday 7 August.

Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the phased reopening said: “The Council is pleased to implement a phased approach as recommended by the NI Executive to allow customers to return to physical activity which is a vital step to enhance people’s health and wellbeing, particularly after a long period of lockdown.

“While the Council is excited to reopen, we recognise that we are now operating under a new ‘normal’ and visiting our centres may look a little different but we strive to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable experience under these new restrictions.

“Our staff will provide clear guidance throughout your visit to help maintain social distancing and ensure enhanced cleaning schedules are in place. This will mean numbers and session times will be restricted within the centre so it is essential that all activities and sessions must be booked online in advance.  Walk-ins will not be permitted at any centre and customers will be declined entry without a prior booking.

“At this time our gyms and group exercise classes will be restricted to Vitality Members only. Again all sessions, including time in the gym, must be booked online in advance and numbers will be restricted for the safety of all customers and staff. Very limited changing facilities will also be available and members are advised to arrive at facilities prepared to start their workout. The position in terms of moving as early as possible to wider use will be regularly reviewed.   

“We would ask customers to adhere to the one way system within centres and use the hand sanitisers displayed.  Customers are reminded that they should not travel to facilities if they or anyone in their household have Covid -19 symptoms and if they feel unwell during their visit, they should speak to the Duty Manager immediately.

“The council would like to thank customers and Vitality members for their patience in this unprecedented time and look forward to welcoming everyone back to our centres over the coming weeks.”

All gym sessions and classes must be booked online.  Bowling bookings are available by phoning 028 9080 9123 / 028 9080 9129. Under no circumstances should visitors arrive at a centre without booking in advance

For further details about the opening of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council leisure facilities and a copy of the latest safety protocols, please click here. 

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to announce the success of its virtual home workouts

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to announce the success of its virtual home workouts

03 June 2020

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to announce the success of its virtual home workouts, which were introduced to help improve the mental health and physical well-being of residents and Vitality members during lockdown.

To date the council has produced just over 120 home workout videos, consisting of a wide range of cardiovascular, strength & conditioning and relaxation classes. The videos cater for adults, children and families all looking to keep fit and healthy during this challenging time. In addition to this total, a further 16 golf tutorial videos have been produced to help avid golfers improve their game from home.

All videos were published daily on the council’s Vitality Membership social media platforms, with some videos reaching up to 14,000 people. Videos were also posted on the LeisurePlex website, and through the Vitality Member App, for customers and the public to access at home at any time.

Speaking about the virtual home workouts, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee Alderman James Tinsley said: “We are delighted with the positive feedback received from customers in response to the council’s virtual home workouts. It very pleasing to hear so many people, including families and older people, trying to keep fit and healthy, both physically and mentally during this difficult time.

“As we entered unprecedented times back in March with the temporary closure of council facilities, including gyms and leisure centres, the council recognised the need and importance to ensure that its residents and Vitality members had the opportunity to stay active during lockdown. With that very much on the forefront of our minds, the introduction of virtual home workouts was the obvious answer. The workouts have not only provided the perfect platform for people to stay active and get active but they have also provided a sense of familiarity and routine for those missing their normal gym or class session.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Vitality Instructors for their dedication and expertise in producing these videos and providing much needed motivation and encouragement for everyone regardless of their age or fitness level. It has been inspiring reading the lovely comments about our instructors and classes online, which highlights the impact the team has made on people’s lives at this challenging time.

“I would encourage everyone to continue to avail of the virtual home workouts as much as possible until the time comes when we can welcome you all back to our gym facilities again.”

To view the full list of virtual home workouts, please visit www.theleisureplex.com or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/VitalityLisburnCastlereagh

Move More Virtual Round the World Challenge

Move More Virtual Round the World Challenge

05 May 2020

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council are challenging Macmillan Move More participants to virtually climb their way around global landmarks and stay active during the Covid-19 crisis.

Walking the to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty or Big Ben might seem like a mammoth task, but Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Move More Coordinator, Kelly Irwin is encouraging her Move More participants to take part in a virtual challenge and slowly but surely reach these impressive heights from home in the coming weeks.

Kelly is one of 11 Move More Coordinators, funded by Macmillan.  Based in every council area of Northern Ireland, Move More Coordinators support people living with cancer. The Move More programme helps people to get active and stay active - physical activity is safe during and after most types of cancer treatment and can help to reduce the side effects of this treatment, prevent the occurrence of other long-term conditions and reduce the risk of cancer spreading or returning.

Since lockdown has been in place, Move More Coordinators have been working from home and while face-to-face classes and appointments are not possible, Kelly and her colleagues have been working on positive, fun and interesting ways to keep Move More participants motivated and active at home.

“Like all Move More Coordinators, I’m usually based in our local leisure facilities or out and about meeting participants. We were due to have our first regional event of 2020 this month where our coordinators and participants would travel to one part of NI to take part in a fun activity and have some social time together. That’s what inspired my colleagues Claire and Catherine to come up with our ‘round the world’ challenge idea. Even though we can’t bring everyone together in person, we wanted to find a way to motivate and connect our groups virtually and give them all a positive goal to focus on.”

“It's simple for Move More participants to get involved in our round the world challenge. We’ve identified how many steps it would take to climb certain landmarks, and we’re encouraging people to virtually climb as many landmarks as they can by building up their steps every day using a front door step, bottom stair or kerb, and keeping track of their daily tally. We have developed a pack to support those getting involved and of course, we’re encouraging participants to take part at an appropriate level for their fitness. They’ll be sharing their updates with us and letting us know how they’re getting on as the days and weeks progress. We may not be able to physically travel the world at the moment, but there’s no limit on our imagination!”

Helen, a participant in Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Move More programme says that the challenge is literally keeping her on her toes! 

Helen said, “I certainly miss catching up in person, as much for the social benefits as well as the important exercise, but while we’re all following government advice and staying at home, Kelly and her colleagues are keeping us busy. This challenge is a lot of fun – it’s great to have a target to concentrate on and there will no doubt be a bit of good-hearted competition across the groups! Many of us stay in touch through WhatsApp groups so we’re only ever a message away from some encouragement and inspiration.”

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added his support, “The Move More challenge is an exciting way for participants to keep up daily exercise.  In these challenging times, while we are asked to continue to remain home, it is important to keep the body and mind as active as we can.  Use your imagination and step your way around the world from the comfort of your own home or using the daily hour allowance of outdoor exercise.”

To find out more about the challenge or how you can be referred to the Move More programme contact Kelly Irwin, Move More Coordinator for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council on 07392280829 or kelly.irwin@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk. You can also visit the Move More NI Facebook page.

Comprehensive information and support, including Macmillan’s latest guidance and advice on the impact of coronavirus on cancer care, is available on www.macmillan.org.uk

Painting by Move More participant of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the virtual challenge landmarks.

Vitality Membership Suspensions

Vitality Membership Suspensions

19 March 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR VITALITY MEMBERS

At last night's special meeting of Full Council it was agreed that in line with Government and latest Public Health Agency advice relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic and for the health and safety of our members and staff, that all Vitality Memberships will be suspended until further notice.

You do not need to take any action as no money will be debited from your account during the suspension. Members who have made a payment until the end of March will be offered a reduced rate for the outstanding period when the membership resumes.

Members with an annual membership will have the period lost added to their contract.

There is no need to contact centres directly, all updates will be posted on our Vitality Lisburn Castlereagh Facebook page and Vitality Member App.

COVID-19 Update - Closure of Facilities

COVID-19 Update - Closure of Facilities

19 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

At a special meeting of council on Wednesday 18th March it was decided, with cross-party support, that the council would close its facilities to the public with immediate effect.

FACILITIES TO CLOSE

All council play parks will close from 9am on Monday 23rd March until further notice. This is arising from the COVID-19 epidemic and is in line with guidance aimed at reducing the potential for cross infection.

  • Parks: Moira Demesne, Wallace Park, Moat Park, Hillsborough Forest
  • Castlereagh Hills Golf Course
  • Aberdelghy Golf Course
  • Lisburn Market
  • Public toilets
  • Lagan Valley Island
  • Bradford Court
  • Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
  • Dundonald International Ice Bowl
  • Lough Moss Leisure Centre
  • Grove, Glenmore and Kilmakee Activity Centres
  • ISLAND Arts Centre
  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
  • Bridge, Moneyreagh, Enler and Ballyoran Community Centres
  • Visitor Information Centres in Hillsborough and Lisburn.
  • Council football pitches
  • Bowling Greens
  • Dundonald Caravan Park


FACILITIES THAT WILL REMAIN OPEN

  • Household Recycling Centres

The Cutts, Drumlough and Carryduff recycling centres will operate as normal. Opening hours may be extended but this will be communicated via the council website, Facebook and Twitter. Please note that in advance of visiting the sites your waste should be pre-sorted and where necessary securely bagged. If you or someone in your house either has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) or thinks that they may have it, personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into a second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste in the room in which you are self-isolating. Keep these bags aside for at least 72 hours before putting into your usual external black/ grey household waste bin or bringing to the Household Recycling Centre.

  • Allotments


BIN COLLECTIONS

At this stage household collections of bins will continue as planned. Bins and containers will be emptied as normal. Bookings for bulky household collections will no longer be accepted and so far as possible existing requests will be honoured. Any changes to these service arrangements will be communicated via the council website, Facebook and Twitter.


REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES

Registration of deaths will continue to operate by appointment only at Lagan Valley Island. Further information is available here.  


PLANNING FUNCTION

The Council will continue to operate its Local Development Plan function and process all counter-representations received to the draft Plan Strategy in accordance with the relevant regulations.  Given the current situation, however, representations submitted to the draft Plan Strategy may only be viewed online, and not at the Council’s Civic Headquarters. While the period for receipt of counter-representations closes on Friday 17 April 2020 the Council will retain a degree of flexibility regarding the receipt of any late counter-representation on a case by case basis. Information will be updated here. 


VITALITY MEMBERSHIP

Due to the closure of our leisure facilities all Vitality Memberships will now be suspended. You don’t need to do anything as no money will be debited during this period. All updates will be posted on our Vitality Lisburn Castlereagh Facebook page @vitalitylisburncastlereagh and Vitality Member App. Download App for android here.  Download App for IPhone here. 

GOLF MEMBERSHIP

Due to the closure of both Castlereagh Hills Golf Course and Aberdelghy Golf Course, all Golf Memberships will now be suspended. You don’t need to do anything as no money will be debited during this period. All updates will be posted on our websites and social media. 


EVENTS

All events arranged by the council and events hosted in council premises between now and end of June will be postponed. If possible these will be re-arranged at a later date.


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

All Committee Meetings have been suspended until further notice.  Council will meet again at the end of April.


HEALTH GUIDANCE

Please follow the current public health guidance on the Public Health Agency's website.

Look out for family, friends and neighbours who are vulnerable.

All updates will be placed on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

2020 Vitality Membership Half Marathon, 10K & Fun Run

2020 Vitality Membership Half Marathon, 10K & Fun Run

20 February 2020

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to open entries for the 2020 Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run, supported by new title sponsor, Vitality Membership. The ever popular event will take place on Wednesday 17th June from Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn.


Attracting approximately 6,000 runners, the event is one of Northern Ireland’s largest sporting participatory events with the Half Marathon and 10K Road Race renowned for being a runner’s dream of ‘Flat & Fast’. The event is ideal for competitive runners aiming for Personal Bests or beginners looking to take on a new challenge.

For those wishing to run for fun, the 3K Fun Run is the perfect race to run with family and friends and soak up the atmosphere while getting active! Sign up today and take advantage of early booking rates for all events as well as discounts for groups with 25+participants in the Fun Run. All events are inclusive and are open to wheelchair and hand cycle participants.

Speaking at the launch of the event, the Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Johnny McCarthy said, “It gives me great pleasure to be part of the official launch of the 2020 Vitality Membership Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The Council is extremely proud to host such a high profile sporting event and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of running enthusiasts to the start line at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on 17th June.

“The event remains a popular event in the calendar for almost four decades and I would warmly encourage everyone to sign up today, whether they are an experienced runner looking to beat the clock or step out of their comfort zone and take on a new challenge. I would also encourage families, schools and youth groups to register for the fun run and enjoy a memorable evening for everyone.

“Finally I would like to thank the Council for supporting the event through their Vitality Membership initiative and I am confident that this year’s partnership will build on the success of this highly popular event.”

Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added, “I am delighted to be involved in the launch of the 2020 Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run, and particularly thrilled to introduce the new event title sponsor, ‘Vitality Membership’, which complements the Council’s initiative to get more people active, more often.

“The Council continues to promote events and initiatives of this nature that provide a platform to physical activity and I have no doubt that the 2020 Vitality Membership Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run will help inspire people to get active and perhaps integrate physical activity into their daily lives and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage both competitive runners and fun runners to sign up for the event and I look forward to seeing you all at the start line on 17th June 2020,” concluded the Chairman.

For further information or to register for the Half Marathon, 10K Road Race or Fun run, visit www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com. To avail of our early bird rates, sign up online before Thursday 30th April 2020.  The closing date for registrations is Monday 15th June 2020. Details can also be found on the Council’s Sports Development Facebook page, ‘Be Active, Stay Active Lisburn Castlereagh.

Staff at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex raise over £600 for Mayor’s Charity

Staff at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex raise over £600 for Mayor’s Charity

03 February 2020

Staff from Lagan Valley LeisurePlex presented a cheque for £607.00 to the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan in aid of his nominated charity the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. The money was raised by the management and staff in memory of a close friend and colleague who was treated by the Air Ambulance last month.

The staff joined forces to raise vital funds for the charity in a range of ways, including knitting little Santa hats for babies attending Baby Bubbles classes while another member of staff opened her home and garden at Christmas for visitors to view her festive decorations.

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland is the local charity that provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland, together with partners at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS). The service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere in the province, operating seven days a week for 12 hours per day.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan said:  “I would like to thank the staff at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex for their kind gesture in memory of their greatly missed colleague and friend.  The money raised will support the work of the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and help provide urgent medical care to all parts of the province.”

The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley commented, “I would like to express my thanks to the staff who gave up their time and contributed in a variety of creative ways to raise funds for this essential service. The staff have seen first-hand the work of the Air Ambulance and it is fitting to make this donation today in memory of their esteemed colleague”.

Sports Personality of the Month Winners Announced

Sports Personality of the Month Winners Announced

28 January 2020

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh celebrates local sporting talent following the announcement of its Sports Personality of the Month for the current sporting season.

Sponsored by Decathlon, the awards recognise the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.

The first of two winners included 10 year old Thomas Thompson who has achieved an array of accomplishments in the Cadet category of Kart Racing. Thomas took first place in the Irish Grand Prix, second place in the Ulster Championships, fourth in the Irish Championships and was placed 18th out of 36 racers in the World Championships. The second talented winner is James Nicholson who took gold in the individual, pairs and team categories at the Korean Ambassadors Cup in Dublin which makes him the Treble Irish Champion at the tender age of 14. James also took silver at the British Nationals.

Sport Lisburn Castlereagh Committee Member, Eileen McKillop said, “Sport Lisburn Castlereagh takes great pride in acknowledging the sporting achievements of young people within the Lisburn and Castlereagh area. The awards enable us to recognise the continuous hard work, hours of endless training and dedication required in order for athletes to excel at the very highest. I would like to congratulate Thomas and James on their success which I hope will inspire others to get involved in sport.

“I extend a huge thank you to Decathlon for their continuous support and for kindly sponsoring the initiative.”

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said, “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh’s Sports Personality of the Month Award Winners, Thomas and James, who both at such a young age have achieved so much already. I commend them both for their commitment and hard work in pursuit of excellence in their chosen sports.

“The Council continues to play their part in supporting this brilliant initiative that not only recognises the success of talented athletes within the council area but also provides a platform for participants to be the best that they can be.

“I would like to thank Decathlon for sponsoring the Sports Personality of the Month Award and helping to acknowledge the achievements of so many sports people from Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Matt Ferguson, Marketing and Event Manager, Decathlon Belfast, "We are proud to support such a great initiative and congratulate all current winners.  Our Decathlon motto is to make sport accessible for the many, and this initiative helps us to achieve that.  We also believe that sporting success should be celebrated, and what better way to do this than to offer an £100 gift voucher to the world's largest sports retailer.  We encourage other Clubs to enter and want to thank Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for their great work."

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh is a local sports committee comprised of representatives from local sports clubs within the council area and is financially assisted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. For further details on Sports Personality of the Month, please email Kevin Madden at kevin.madden@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk.

Electric Ireland Shooting Stars football programme

Electric Ireland Shooting Stars football programme

24 January 2020

The Electric Ireland Shooting Stars programme in partnership with the Irish FA Foundation is returning to Lisburn for another year.

Shooting Stars, which provides opportunities for girls aged 4-11 to have fun, make friends and learn the fundamentals of football, is back at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex from next Monday (4-5pm).

To mark its return a Shooting Stars Festival Day was staged at the LeisurePlex on Friday 17 January. More than 100 children from five schools in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area took part. The schools represented were: Old Warren PS, Friends School Prep, Wallace High Prep, St Joseph’s Carryduff and Harmony Hill PS.

The event was jointly hosted by the foundation and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

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Anne Smyth, Electric Ireland Sponsorship Lead, said: “We are delighted that the Electric Ireland Shooting Stars programme is returning to Lisburn and what better way to kick things off than with a launch day for local schools to come and enjoy a fun-filled session. 

“Our aim is to continue to inspire the next generation of female footballers and support the Irish FA’s ambitious outreach to get more girls and women playing football.”

The chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley, said: “On behalf of the council I am extremely delighted to once again support this hugely popular initiative which provides opportunities for girls to learn through play and make new friends while developing their football skills.

“Whether you want to play for fun or you dream of being the next big football superstar, the IFA's Shooting Stars football programme provides the perfect platform to help girls believe and achieve their goals.

“The council look forward to continuing their partnership with the Irish FA to ensure that initiatives and programmes are available that encourage physical activity participation.”

The Irish FA Foundation now has 17 Shooting Stars centres across Northern Ireland. The centres are seen as a starting point for young girls who are encouraged to take the next step and join a local football club, helping them move along the player pathway. 

Last year the Lisburn centre attracted around 500 participants and the organisers are confident they will increase that number in 2020. 

Brendan Lynch, Irish FA Girls’ Participation Officer, said: “We have seen the impact that the Electric Ireland Shooting Stars programme has had on the previous participants, increasing their confidence and self-esteem along with their social skills and we are keen to keep expanding the programme and encouraging many more young girls to attend.” 

For more information, including times and fees for all the courses across Northern Ireland, visit www.irishfa.com/shootingstars. 

NI Primary School Road Safety Quiz - Call for Entries - Lisburn & Castlereagh area heat

NI Primary School Road Safety Quiz - Call for Entries - Lisburn & Castlereagh area heat

20 December 2019

NI PRIMARY SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY QUIZ – CALL FOR ENTRIES - Lisburn & Castlereagh area heat

Primary Schools across the Lisburn & Castlereagh Council area are being invited to enter their local heat of the Northern Ireland Road Safety Quiz which takes place at Lagan Valley Leisure Plex on Wednesday 5th February 2020.

The local heat, which is for P7 pupils, is organised by Road Safe NI, a leading road safety charity, to promote awareness with primary school children.
 

The event is once again sponsored by leading accident management firm CRASH Services and supported by a number of partner agencies like local councils and the emergency services.
 

The table quiz format will cover both road safety and general knowledge. The quiz will consist of 7 rounds of 8 questions plus and extra round on road signs. Prizes will be given to the top three teams and everyone involved will take home a certificate. Each school can send a team of 4 pupils from Primary 7.

The top two teams from each heat will progress to the Northern Ireland Finals which takes place at the NI Fire & Rescue Training Centre in March.

Davy Jackson of Road Safe NI, commented “The event has grown very well over the last two decades and last year we had nearly 200 primary schools take part. It is vitality important that we educate young road users on key road safety issues.

Jonathan McKeown from sponsors CRASH Services said, “As a business with close connections to road users we are delighted to get involved and support road safety projects like this. We have a strong partnership with Road Safe NI and they should be commended for running such an innovative event. I would encourage primary schools to take the opportunity to get involved.”

Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley also commented, “The council is delighted that Lagan Valley LeisurePlex has been chosen to host the Lisburn and Castlereagh area heat of the Northern Ireland Road Safety Quiz.

“This event is an excellent way to promote the importance of road safety and provides the perfect platform to help educate young people on road safety issues that could ultimately save lives.

“I would like to encourage as many primary schools as possible to get involved and sign up today!”

To obtain an entry form for your school, please email info@roadsafeni.com.

Disability Access Transformed with new Poolpod

Disability Access Transformed with new Poolpod

17 December 2019

A state of the art Poolpod has revolutionised access to the competition pool at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex for customers with a disability and restricted mobility.

The Poolpod is a multi-award winning swimming pool lift, which provides a replacement of pool hoists in existing pools. The platform was developed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to lift competitors in and out of the water and is now transforming pool access at the Lisburn facility since being installed earlier in the year.

Funded by the Department for Communities through Sport NI, the new equipment is delivered by Disability Sport NI in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said, “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is committed to increasing accessibility across the City therefore the new Poolpod will provide a valuable asset at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex to ensure all customers have quick and safe access to the swimming pool.

“I would like to thank the Department for Communities, Sport NI and Disability Sport NI for their generous contribution towards the Poolpod and I look forward to seeing the new equipment being used by customers with a disability and restricted mobility over the coming months and years.”

Kevin O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Sport NI welcomes the funding, “The facilities that have received the Poolpods have shown a great commitment to improving access and providing their staff with disability inclusion training. This project is part of the wider District Council Disability Sports Hub Project which recently saw a significant investment into disability sports equipment in every council area”

Sport NI Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown added, “These new Poolpods are the latest example of how the Active Living: No Limits Action Plan is enhancing the lives of local people with a disability through sport. The many benefits of an active lifestyle to our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing should be open to everyone here, and Sport NI is proud to be working with our partners to create more inclusive opportunities for local communities to enjoy, engage and excel in sport.”

Santa Dash

Santa Dash

29 November 2019

Lough Moss Leisure Centre officially launched the start of the festive season last night as Carryduff counted down to switch on their Christmas tree lights and start their yuletide Santa Dash around a choice of magical glow lit trails.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan joined Carryduff Regeneration Group to help with the big Christmas lights switch on to add some sparkle to the celebrations. Spectators were also treated to seasonal performances from St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff Primary School and Millennium Primary School to get everyone in the festive spirit.

Over 60 Santa Claus’ then limbered up at the startline to take part in the jolly Santa Dash across a choice of 1km, 3km or 5km routes.  The evening also included a special Santa Zumba warm up class, bouncy castles, children’s disco and refreshments for a truly magical evening.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan said, “I would like to thank Carryduff Regeneration Group for organising the Christmas Tree Lights Switch on alongside the Council’s festive Santa Dash to create a fantastic family event at Lough Moss Leisure Centre.  I was delighted to see so many smiling faces enjoying the event and help raise vital funds for my nominated charity, Air Ambulance NI.”

The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added, “Despite the cold weather it was superb to see so many adults and children taking the time to support such a worthwhile community event which brings people together to celebrate Christmas while encouraging families to engage in physical activity. I would like to thank Carryduff Regeneration Group for organising the event in conjunction with the Council and I hope that participants enjoyed the evening and are encouraged to take part in other Couch to 5K and Parkrun initiatives which are taking place across the Council area.”

For further information on programmes and events, please contact Sports Development on 028 9260 0258 or email robert.geary@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Friendship Four

Friendship Four

29 November 2019

Adrenaline levels soared this week as 250 primary school children enjoyed an action packed hockey camp at Dundonald International Ice Bowl as part of the eagerly awaited Friendship Four Tournament.

The children were instructed by a team of elite American college students from Northeastern University and The University of New Hampshire who took time out of their training schedule ahead of the NCAA college tournament taking place at the SSE Arena this weekend.

The aim of the event was to inspire children to engage in sport through a number of fun workshops based on healthy eating and physical activity. The young people were also treated to some leisure time in Indiana Land and tenpin bowling before joining the players on the ice for a fun skating session.  The day then culminated with an energetic hockey display where the children had the opportunity to watch the players in action during one of their training session.

The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said, “The Friendship Four Tournament is the only NCAA college hockey tournament to be held outside of the USA therefore we are delighted to welcome the players to Dundonald International Ice Bowl to host the tournament’s first ever school project.

“The event offers children a great opportunity to meet a team of elite hockey players who from the various workshops and sessions provide young people with a positive role model in terms of health and physical activity.  It has been fantastic to see so many smiling faces throughout the day and meet the young people as they take their first steps onto the ice.  I hope the experience will inspire everyone to get involved in the sport or commit to a lifetime of physical activity.”

Schools involved in the event included Cedar Primary School, Millennium Integrated Primary School, Knockbreda Primary School, Mallusk Primary School and Six Mile Primary School.

Santa Dash

Santa Dash

19 November 2019

The Christmas spirit will be dashing through Lough Moss Leisure Centre on Thursday 28th November as hundreds of Santa Claus’ will get on their marks to take part in a family Santa Dash and watch the big Christmas Tree Lights Switch On as the Carryduff centre officially launches the start of the festive season.

The event, which is organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in conjunction with Carryduff Regeneration Group, will commence at 6.30pm with the countdown to the Christmas Tree Lights Switch On at the entrance of the centre. Spectators can also enjoy special performances from St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff Primary School and Millennium Primary School to get everyone in the festive spirit.

The Santa Dash will then commence at 7pm with a special Santa zumba class for the whole family before everyone heads outside for yuletide fun across a choice of 1km, 3km or 5km routes. After the run, children can then unwind with a Christmas disco, bouncy castle and refreshments to continue the fun.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan said,” I am delighted that this year’s Santa Dash will also incorporate the switching on of the Christmas tree lights to create a memorable night to get the whole family into the Christmas spirit.  I would like to thank Carryduff Regeneration Group for organising the switch on and supporting the Council in the delivery of this fantastic event.”

 “The proceeds from this year’s Santa Dash will be donated to my Mayoral Charity, Air Ambulance NI so I would encourage people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to sign-up today and support such a worthy cause,” added the Mayor.

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added, “I am thrilled that Lough Moss Leisure Centre is once again the host venue for this year’s Santa Dash event. You don’t need to be an experienced runner to take part, so whether you run, jog or walk around one of the three routes, spread the word and let’s get as many Santa dressed runners, joggers or walkers as possible participating in this year’s event in support of the Mayor’s Charity.

“I would also thank Carryduff Regeneration Group and the local schools for organising the Christmas Tree Lights Switch On and helping to officially launch the Christmas celebrations in Carryduff.”

Entry cost for this year’s event is £8 per adult and £4 per child, which includes your very own Santa suit ensuring you are suitably dressed and full of Christmas cheer. A donation from each entry will be made to the Mayoral Charity, Air Ambulance NI.

Those looking to participate in this year’s event can register by visiting www.theleisureplex.com/book-online.  Santa suits can be collected from Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff from Monday 25th November at 6pm and registrations can also be made in person at the centre.

For further information contact Robbie Geary, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Development Section on 028 9260 0258 or email robert.geary@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk
 

Sports Awards 2019

Sports Awards 2019

02 November 2019

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has paid tribute to local sporting talent during the 2019 Draynes Farm Sports Awards held at a prestigious ceremony at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

The event, which was attended by over 200 guests, was hosted by Sports Journalist, Thomas Niblock and included an in depth interview with gymnast Rhys McClenaghan on his superb Commonwealth, European and Word Championship medal successes.

The Sports Awards recognise both individuals and teams from Lisburn & Castlereagh who have excelled in their chosen sport as well as individuals who have contributed to sporting success through coaching or as Club administrators. The aim of the event is to celebrate the immense sporting talent within the Council area and encourage greater participation in sport.

Boxer, Kurt Walker was named Sports Personality of the Year. This year, Kurt had a sensational year from winning a gold medal at the 2019 European Championships in Minsk to a spectacular display at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to obtain a silver medal. With his unanimous victory over Mykola Butsenko of Ukraine in the European Championships, Kurt has proven he can compete at the highest level against a group of very talented boxers. Crossfit Irish number 1 and Commonwealth Games athlete, Emma McQuaid was awarded second and Special Olympic World Games gold medallist, Sarah-Louise Rea third place in this category.

Junior Sports Personality of the Year was won by golfer Aaron Marshall who had an unstoppable year becoming Irish Boys’ Amateur Champion and securing a prestigious spot representing Great Britain and Ireland against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Second place was presented to 800 metre athlete Victoria Lightbody who achieved 1st in the UK at under 16 level and 3rd in Europe, while third place was won by Taekwondo medallist Amy Stewart who impressively racked up over 20 medals this year.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Johnny McCarthy said, “It is a great honour to attend the 2019 Draynes Farm Sports Awards and recognise the wealth of sporting talent represented by teams and individuals from the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

A wide range of sports are represented across all nominations, which highlights the diversity of sport within our Council area and the opportunities that are available to the local community to get involved in sport or try a new activity.

“I would like to thank gymnast Rhys McClenaghan for taking the time to attend the Sports Awards and I know listening to his story about his medal successes at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and more recently the World Championships will provide great encouragement to the next generation who inspire to excel within their sport on a world stage.”

Alderman James Tinsley Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “Lisburn & Castlereagh has a proud history of sporting success and tonight we have celebrated the achievements of current sporting champions who have competed at national, Commonwealth, European and World Championship level which showcases the calibre of sporting talent in the Council area.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has endeavoured to support these teams and individuals who aspire to reach the highest levels of performance and competition but they also aim to encourage greater physical activity in the wider community by delivering programmes to help those wishing to improve their fitness or take part for the fun and enjoyment of sport.

“The Council takes pride in providing first class facilities for visitors and athletes such as Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Dundonald International Ice Bowl. It also offers a varied programme of activities through the Council’s Sports Development Unit such as Couch to 5k, Parkrun, Bootcamps and the popular Lisburn Half Marathon which helps people take their first steps on the road to physical activity. This year the Council also launched their new Vitality Membership which offers households and individuals access to an extensive range of activities, classes and courses across all six of the Council’s leisure facilities which helps more people, get active more often.

“I would like to congratulate all the award winners for their achievements and to everyone behind the scenes for their commitment to sport within our local communities. I would like to thank Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh for their continued partnership with the Council and also local company, Draynes Farm, for generously sponsoring the event and acknowledging the important role sport plays in our area.”

Club of the Year was won by Simply Judo Club with City of Lisburn Salto Gymnastics Club taking 2nd place and Carryduff GAC third place. School Team of the Year was awarded to Lagan College Year 8 Football Team with Wallace High School Boys’ 1st XI Hockey Team taking second place and Ballymascash Primary School Girls’ Football Team securing third place.

Martin McGann from Lisburn City Swimming Club was presented with the Coach of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication developing the club. Second prize was awarded to Amy Irwin from Dundonald National Ice Skating Association and third place was shared with Abigail Hall from Ballymacash Rangers Youth Football Team and DJ Morgan from Carryduff GAC.

The Senior Team of the Year was won by Carryduff GAC Senior Male Football Team with Simply Judo Club Senior Team taking second place and Lisnagarvey Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI third place. St Joseph’s GAC U16 Boys’ Football Team was awarded first prize in the Junior Sports Team of the Year. Carryduff GAC U14 Girls’ Football Team achieved second place and ICAN Judo Youth Team a third place.

The Merit Award was presented to three individuals to recognise the essential and valuable service they provide to their clubs in the pursuit of success in their chosen sport. Awards were achieved by Jenny Cosgrove from Lisburn Triathlon Club, James Corry from Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and Garry McGuigan and Gavin Price from Lisburn Distillery Football Club.

Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added his support for the event: “The Sports Awards evening is definitely one of the highlights of the year for Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh as it gives us the opportunity to recognise, honour and congratulate athletes, teams and coaches for their hard work and dedication to their chosen sport. We hope our nominees will inspire others to participate in sport and help develop sporting talent and healthier lifestyles in Lisburn & Castlereagh. Finally I would like to thank Draynes Farm for kindly supporting tonight’s event, and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for its continuing funding support to Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

High Five for 'Take 5' Wellbeing Event

High Five for 'Take 5' Wellbeing Event

11 October 2019

HIGH FIVE FOR ‘TAKE 5’ WELLBEING EVENT

To celebrate Positive Ageing Month and World Mental Health Day, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in partnership with the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, held a Mental Health & Positive Ageing Day event, entitled, Take 5, at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

The event focused on five key steps to wellbeing, which included, Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Give, and Keep Learning.

Over 80 people from a wide variety of groups, including participants from the council’s Active Ageing programme, took part in a range of get active taster sessions, including Tai Chi, Pickleball, Boccia, Basketball and Circuits. Following the get active taster sessions, participants also had the opportunity to engage with over 30 health and wellbeing providers, offering a wide range of information on health, nutrition and services for older people. Students from the South Eastern Regional College also attended with the aim of trying to bridge inter-generational gaps.

Attending the celebratory event, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said, “I was extremely delighted to attend such a heart-warming and inspirational event, providing the perfect platform for the council to support and promote two topical areas, Positive Ageing and Mental Health.

"Statistically within the Lisburn and Castlereagh area, the 65-69 age group is projected to have the largest growth in the actual number of people, making that an increase from 6,859 in 2016 to 10,150 in 2030; this is a significant proportion of the local population and therefore evident that we must ensure that we continue to create initiatives which cater for this older age group as well as helping combat any barriers to physical activity, leading a healthier lifestyles, both physically and mentally, as well as in terms of longevity. 

"I would like to thank everyone who attended the event and take this opportunity to remind residents to get involved in the Positive Ageing Month programme of activities currently running across several council facilities during the month of October,” concluded Alderman Tinsley.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan was thrilled with the number of people attending. He said: "The Take 5 Wellbeing event was simply fantastic and a great way for the council to play a part in acknowledging and supporting Positive Ageing Month and Mental Health Day.

“The event was wonderful to watch, and I was full of admiration and praise while I witnessed many older men and woman, with excitement and enthusiasm, get involved in the active taster sessions, proving that age should not be used as a stopping block to keeping fit and healthy.  

“The council is committed to supporting the Active Ageing Strategy 2016-21, which aims to make Northern Ireland an age friendly region in which people, as they get older, are valued and live actively with their rights respected and dignity protected. The Take 5 event is a shining example of how we are on the right track to achieving just that.”

If you are interested in taking part in any of the Council’s Positive Ageing events taking place in October, please contact Robbie Geary on 028 9260 0258.

The Take 5 event falls under the health and wellbeing theme of the Lisburn Castlereagh Community Plan, which is a statutory plan to improve the area for the betterment of all.

Halloween Activity Scheme

Halloween Activity Scheme

08 October 2019

Halloween Activity Scheme

Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November 2019
9am - 4pm

During the Halloween holidays children aged 5 - 13 years can enjoy our fully supervised activity scheme which includes:

  • Leisure Pool (over 8 years)
  • Splash Sessions ( 5 - 7 years)
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Games
  • Sports and lots more spine tingling fun!

ONLY £65 per child. Sibling discount applies.

To book, please click https://www.theleisureplex.com/book-online or call 028 9267 2121.

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SPORTS AWARDS 2019

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SPORTS AWARDS 2019

17 September 2019

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has launched the nomination process for the 2019 Draynes Farm Sports Awards to recognise the wealth of sporting talent and achievements of individuals residing in, and teams based in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

The Sports Awards scheme is an opportunity to recognise individuals as well as teams excelling within their chosen sport in the past year, whether through direct participation and competition, or through contributions as a coach or administrator.  Nomination categories include; Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, School of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year and Senior Sports Personality of the Year.  There are also Junior and Senior Merit Awards to commend volunteers for their dedication and essential backroom support to their club.

Launching the 2019 Draynes Farm Sports Awards, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said, “The Council has a proud history of sporting success and the Sports Awards provide an opportunity to publicly recognise the diverse range of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh.

“There are many individuals, teams and volunteers across the Council area who spend many hours training each week in pursuit of excellence in their chosen sport or who have helped others reach their potential by providing valuable technical support and encouragement every step of the way.

“The closing date for nominations is Monday 7th October at 5pm and I would encourage everyone to take the time to nominate an individual, club or school whose achievements might otherwise go unnoticed”, concluded Alderman Tinsley.

Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added, “I am delighted that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to recognise athletes, teams and coaches at a glittering award ceremony which will take place later in the year.

“I would like to thank Draynes Farm for kindly sponsoring the awards and I hope many clubs and individuals will be encouraged to take the time to make a nomination and celebrate the wealth of sporting talent in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Nominations are welcome from schools, clubs and individuals, residing in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

All nominations must be made in writing using the nomination form, which is available to download at www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/sports-awards-2019. Forms can also be obtained by emailing adrian.baron@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or telephoning 028 9250 9461.

The closing date for applications is strictly Monday 7th October 2019 at 5pm.

Council Launches Coach Education Programme

Council Launches Coach Education Programme

16 September 2019

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is helping local sports clubs and coaches avail of specialised training courses as part of the Council’s popular coach education programme.

The annual programme includes nearly 20 courses, which are aimed at helping those involved in a sports coaching role, to obtain the skills and knowledge to develop their club and get the best out of their players or athletes. Courses include Strength & Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, Sports Performance Analysis, Sports Psychology and First Aid to name but a few.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said, “The Council is delighted to be leading the way in the provision of coach education for sports clubs. The great strength of the clubs in our area is very much down to the ability of our coaches which depends greatly on the development opportunities provided to them through subsidised initiatives such as these programmes.

“I would like to thank World Police and Fire Games Champion and coach for Lisburn Taekwondo Club, Peter Stewart for helping to launch this year’s coach education programme. I hope Peter’s dedication and achievements in his sport will inspire local sports clubs to register for many of these courses and help nurture the next generation of sporting stars within Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

For a copy of the coach education programme, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/coaching-courses or call 028 9250 9567.

Duck Derby 2019

Duck Derby 2019

22 August 2019

READY… STEADY… WADDLE! DUCK DERBY IS BACK!

Excitement levels soared as local children enjoyed a splashing good time at the annual Duck Derby at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Thursday 22nd August.

Children who attended the annual summer scheme had the opportunity to purchase and name a ‘lucky duck’ ahead of the quacking showdown in the Leisure Pool. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Mayor’s nominated charity, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

Over 200 ducks made a splash along the Lazy River, all waddling to see who would be crowned ‘Top Duck’. Connor Timoney’s duck called Ducky no 1 proved to be the luckiest duck as it swam towards the finishing line in a record time to claim Gold. Second place was snapped up by Donald Duck owned by Eoin O’Loughlin, while Despicable Duck owned by Cameron Mitchell took 3rd place by a beak length. Fourth place was picked up by Lily Simmons with Daisy Duck and in fifth place Daniel Finney with Craigle Duck.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan was delighted to welcome the children to the Duck Derby. He said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex for organising the event and the children for raising funds for my Mayoral Charity, the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.  I hope the children enjoyed the spirit of the Duck Derby and it proved to be a fun activity to celebrate the end of the school holidays.”

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added, “The Council has enjoyed another successful year of summer scheme programmes with over 2,000 children taking part in a range of activities at venues across Lisburn & Castlereagh.  The summer activity schemes not only provide valuable support to parents throughout July and August but they also give children the opportunity to try a new sport or activity which will hopefully see many take their first steps to a lifetime of physical activity.

“The Duck Derby is always an exciting conclusion to the summer scheme programme and I hope the children enjoyed the event and look forward to taking part in further activity schemes in the near future.”

Council Summer Scheme is Huge Success

Council Summer Scheme is Huge Success

06 August 2019

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has helped provide valuable support to parents over the summer holidays through its popular summer scheme programme.

Entitled ‘Summer in the City, the scheme has provided over 2,000 summer activity places across multiple venues, including Lagan Valley LeisurePlex , Grove Activity Centre, Glenmore Activity Centre, Kilmakee Activity Centre, Lough Moss Leisure Centre and numerous rural facilities.

Throughout the scheme, children have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities and sports, suitable for their age group, which are supervised by a team of qualified staff.  Activities may include swimming, leisure pool, games, outings, arts and crafts, bouncy castle and a wide choice of sports courses. Many of the summer schemes also include out of centre trips each week to places such as Dundonald International Ice Bowl, cinema, zoo and open farm, providing hours of endless fun for participants.

Visiting some of the Sports Services summer scheme venues this week, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said, “It is fantastic to see so many smiling children enjoying the wide range of activities available through our summer scheme programme. 

“We recognise the valuable support that summer schemes offer busy parents over the school holidays and the importance of getting children active to promote a lifestyle of health and physical activity. Schemes also provide a fantastic opportunity for children to make new friendships, particularly when they are off school, which helps improve their confidence and social skills.

“The Council strives to assist as many families as possible by providing a wide range of summer scheme options.  In addition to the popular summer scheme programmes for children aged 5-14 years, we also offer a teen scheme at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex for children aged 12-16 years, providing an ideal solution for parents with older children. We also organise a two week summer scheme in partnership with the local health trust specifically focusing on young people with a disability which provides much needed respite for parents over the summer.”

“I hope all the children continue to enjoy the rest of their summer scheme and I look forward to welcoming them back to the centre again either visiting with their family or a future activity scheme”, concluded Alderman Tinsley.

Very limited places are currently remaining on the Council’s summer scheme and swim camps.  For availability and to book online visit, www.theleisureplex.com

2019 Lisburn City Triathlon & Aquathlon

2019 Lisburn City Triathlon & Aquathlon

28 July 2019

Over 150 participants surpassed their fitness levels when they took part in the 2019 Lisburn City Triathlon and Aquathlon at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Sunday 28th July.

Organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in conjunction with Triathlon Ireland, the Triathlon involved a 750m pool swim, 24km cycle and 5km run. The Aquathlon, for children aged 16 years and under, consisted of a 200m pool swim and 2km run.

The women’s Triathlon kick started proceedings with Anne Paul finishing in first place, followed by Karen Evans holding her own in second place and Deborah McLaughlin finishing a strong third place.

Michael McDonald took first place in the men’s Triathlon, closely followed by Piarais McShane in second place and Roy Cameron crossing the finish line just behind in third place.

In the Aquathlon, talented fitness fanatics got their moment to shine, with Sean McGrady taking top honours in the boys under 16 section and Connie Crothers finishing in first place in the girls under 16 event.  In the boys under 12 section, Finlay Mayne finished in first place, while Aine McGrady celebrated coming first in the girls under 12 section.

The Vice Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Hazel Legge said: “I would firstly like to congratulate everyone who participated in the 2019 Lisburn & Castlereagh Triathlon and Aquathlon. An event of this kind is considered one of the toughest, which is no mean feat!  The rigorous and consistent level of training that goes into preparing for an event of this nature is simply inspirational and an achievement in itself.  I have a tremendous amount of admiration for all participants who have literally pushed themselves to the limit to achieve their goals. Everyone should be extremely proud!

“The council take great pride in hosting sporting events that provide a stepping stone to physical activity and to promoting a healthier lifestyle, both physically and mentally. We want to do our bit to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to change their lives for the better, with longevity very much at the forefront.

“I would like to thank the Lisburn Triathlon Club and Triathlon Ireland for kindly supporting the event and look forward to working together to build on the success of the event in years to come.”

THOUSANDS OF RUNNERS COMPLETE THE LISBURN COCA-COLA HBC HALF MARATHON, 10K & FUN RUN

THOUSANDS OF RUNNERS COMPLETE THE LISBURN COCA-COLA HBC HALF MARATHON, 10K & FUN RUN

19 June 2019

Adrenaline levels soared at the 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run as over 6,000 runners descended to the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular event.

Organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, the event saw competitive runners, beginners, families and schools take on the challenge of one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan had the pleasure of officiating the countdown to the Half Marathon, followed by the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley, who oversaw the start of the 10K Road Race, while Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland’s Zoe Cunningham welcomed the thousands of Fun Runners to the start line.

Some of Northern Ireland’s most talented runners crossed the finishing line with the impressive Gladys Ganiel taking top honours in the women’s Half Marathon, while Louise Smith took a well-deserved second spot and Leann Gibson third. In the men’s Half Marathon, Eoin Hughes made it on to the podium in first place, with Chris Madden taking second place and Stephen Wylie finishing a strong third.

In the Half Marathon Wheelchair race, Karol Doherty finished in first place, with Jim Corbett placing second.

The experienced Kerry Bamber crossed the finish line in first place in the women’s 10K, followed by Gemma McDonald in second and Roisin Hughes in third place. In the men's 10K, James Edgar finished in first place, closely followed by Gareth Lyons in second place and Tommy Hughes in third.

In the 10K wheelchair race, Josh McClean accompanied by his father David won a well deserved first place.

The Fun Run was keenly contended with Anna Hedley picking up first place in the female event, followed by Anna Broderick in second and Rebecca Moore in third place. The male Fun Run event was proudly won by Jack McCauseland who excelled to first  place after securing second in the previous two years. Second and third place was won by brothers Finlay Mayne (2nd) and Rudy Mayne (3rd).

Speaking at the event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan said, “The Council is proud to organise one of Northern Ireland’s largest participatory running events, which for the last 37 years has been a firm favourite with the community, attracting experienced runners, beginners, families and schools.

“I am particularly delighted to officiate the start of the Half Marathon tonight and see so many runners from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland taking part in this great event, which highlights the calibre of the event on the running calendar.  It was also fantastic to see so many people taking on the challenge of their first Half Marathon and fulfilling their own personal goals.

“Finally I would like to thank Coca-Cola for their support, which is very much key to the success of the event,” concluded Councillor Givan

The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added, “The Council has a proud history of organising local and international sporting events and I am delighted that for the 37th year we can continue to organise the Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run, which inspires people of all ages and levels of fitness across the country to come together to get active.

“It was fantastic to see over 6,000 participants come out in force to take part across the three events from experienced runners striving for a personal best to those just running with family and friends or their school.  The Council is delighted to organise so many sporting events, similar to this one, which provides such a positive platform to encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“I would like to thank our title sponsors, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland and extend my gratitude to everyone who took part. I hope you all enjoyed the experience. You should all be very proud!” 

Zoe Cunningham, Community Affairs Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland said: “Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland are proud once again to be part of this event which is focussed just as much on community spirit as it is on being active. Congratulations to all the participants on completing their respective runs, to the winners of this year’s races, to the organisers of another fantastic event and of course to those who helped raise much needed funds for many charitable organisations and came out to offer their support this evening.”

For further details, please viist our Facebook page 'BeActiveLisburnCastlereagh'.

Local Primary Schools Make a Splash!

Local Primary Schools Make a Splash!

10 May 2019

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex was delighted to welcome 24 schools from across the Council area to compete in the annual Lisburn & Castlereagh Primary Schools Swimming Gala on Friday 10th May.

The long established event was held over two sessions and saw over 400 children compete in P4 – P5 and P6 – P7 categories, making it one of the largest galas held in Northern Ireland. Swimming disciplines included backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle as well as the highly competitive relay races.

During the event, the P4 – P5 Special Achievement Award was presented to Joshua Green from Fair Hill Primary School while the P6 – P7 award was presented to Misha Hampshire from Good Shepherd Primary School.

The P4 – P5 freestyle relay was won by Friends’ Preparatory with Pond Park achieving a well-deserved 2nd place and Harmony Hill achieving 3rd place. In the afternoon session, St. Joseph’s Primary School picked up 1st place in the P6 freestyle relay with Wallace Preparatory securing 2nd place and Harmony Hill claiming 3rd place.

Friends’ Preparatory celebrated a double win in both the P6-P7 medley and the P7 free style relays. Harmony Hill achieved 2nd place in the medley event followed closely by Wallace Preparatory in 3rd while Downshire Primary School picked up a 2nd place in the free style relay with Harmony Hill claiming another medal with a 3rd place.

Success continued for Friends’ Preparatory after they secured first place in the overall schools event, taking home the prestigious champion’s title.  Second prize was closely contended by Harmony Hill with Downshire Primary School achieving 3rd place.

Presenting the medals, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin said, “It is encouraging to see so many children taking part in this year’s Swimming Gala. The gala offers children an opportunity to experience competitive swimming, while representing their school team and enjoying a positive team spirit. I hope you have all enjoyed taking part and in doing so encourage others to take up the sport either recreationally or competitively, as swimming is one of the healthiest activities that children can participate in. I know parents, teachers and swimming instructors are all very proud of your achievements.

“Finally I would like to thank the staff at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex for organising such a successful event and maintaining the wonderful traditional of Primary School swimming in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Experience the 5k Color Run at Wallace Park, Lisburn!

Experience the 5k Color Run at Wallace Park, Lisburn!

24 April 2019

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is excited to host the craziest and most colourful 5K run, ‘The Color Run’, on Saturday 11th May, 11am at Wallace Park, Lisburn.

Dubbed the ‘Happiest 5K on the planet’, the Council is encouraging family and friends to register now and prepare to be doused in a rainbow of vibrant colour.

Speaking at the launch, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin said, “I am delighted to launch the popular Color Run at Wallace Park for the third consecutive year. The event attracts hundreds of participants each year and is a fantastic opportunity to bring the community together for a morning of fun with family and friends. The route is suitable for all levels of fitness so don’t worry if running isn’t for you as we have a choice of 1K, 3K or 5K routes so you can elect to walk, jog or dance your way around Wallace Park! There is even a fun Zumba session to warm up your muscles before the event which is always great fun for all age groups.

“I would encourage everyone to take the plunge and sign up today and create colourful memories with friends and family while raising vital funds for my chosen Mayoral Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.”

The entry fee is £10.00 per adult and £5 for children under 12, which includes sunglasses. Participants should wear white or light coloured clothing to make the most of the event. All colours are made of natural powders. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The deadline for registration is Friday 10th May, 5pm. To register, please visit www.theleisureplex.com/book-online or phone the LeisurePlex main reception on 028 9267 2121. For further information on the event, please contact Robert Geary, Sports Events Coordinator on 028 9250 9566.

Vitality Booking Instructions 1st March

Vitality Booking Instructions 1st March

28 February 2019

Booking Information For Vitality Members

Creating Your Membership

  • Register your individual membership or all persons in a Household Membership by visiting the online booking section at www.theleisureplex.com.
  • Relevant details for all persons within a particular membership should be recorded including email addresses. Every member will require an email address.
  • If you or a child within a membership doesn’t have an email address then we would advise that one be created for purposes of making an online booking.
  • If you don’t wish to create an email address for a child then to make an online booking for this persons you will need to enter an invalid email address. This can be done by entering the numbers below the barcode on the relevant membership card followed by .com. For example LACxxxxxxx.com
  • You will not receive any email booking confirmations when using an invalid email address.

Booking Your Activity or Class

Leisure Pool at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

  • Each member can book a maximum of 1 session (90 minutes) per day up to 14 days in advance (subject to Pool Admissions Policy)
  • Sessions can be booked via the Book Online booking section at www.theleisureplex.com or via the homepage of your particular membership account.
  • Leisure Pool bookings are made through the Activity Tickets/Browse Tickets section on your “My Home” personal membership homepage.
  • Members may also arrive for a session without making an advance booking although this will be subject to waiting times and sessions potentially being sold out.

Mission Inflatable Sessions at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex                  

  • Each member can book a maximum of 1 session  per day up to 14 days in advance (subject to Pool Child Admissions Policy and Age Restrictions for Mission Inflatable)
  • Sessions can be booked via the Book Online booking section at www.theleisureplex.com or via the homepage of your particular membership account.
  • Mission Inflatable bookings are made through the Activity Tickets/Browse tickets section on your “My Home” personal membership homepage.
  • Members may also arrive for a session without making an advance booking although this will be subject to waiting times and sessions potentially being sold out.

Competition Pool at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

  • There is no need to make an advance booking for the competition pool simply present your membership card at the reception desk in advance of your session             
  • All sessions in the Competition Pool are subject to the Pool Child Admissions Policy.
  • Public swim times are available by visiting www.theleisureplex.com

Adult Exercise and Relaxation Classes

  • These can be booked up to 7 days in advance through your “My Home” personal membership homepage or by visiting the Book Online Section of www.theleisureplex.com
  • There is no limit to the number of classes which may be booked however all places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • Members can also book classes via the reception desk at each facility.

Child Exercise and Sports Classes      

  • These can be booked up to 7 days in advance through your “My Home” personal membership homepage (Bookings / Make a Booking section) or by visiting the Book Online Section at www.theleisureplex.com  
  • Some classes may feature under the heading Courses
  • Classes will be subject to age restrictions.
  • There is no limit to the number of classes which may be booked however all places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  •  Members can also book classes via the reception desk at each facility.

Badminton, Squash and Pickleball

  • Courts can be booked up to 7 days in advance through your “My Home” personal membership homepage or by visiting the Book Online Section of www.theleisureplex.com (Bookings / Make a Booking section)
  • A maximum of 1 court (1 hour or squash 40 minutes) is available per membership per day (a Household Membership is defined as 1 membership).
  • Courts can also be booked via reception desks at each facility subject to availability.

Dundonald International Ice Bowl

Public Ice Skating Sessions

  • There is no need to advance book these sessions simply turn up and present your membership cards at the main reception desk. There are no hire charge for skates.
  • Public Ice Skating times are available by visiting www.theicebowl.com.

Tenpin Bowling

  • A maximum of 2 tenpin games per day are available per membership (A Household Membership = 1 membership). Sessions can be booked up to 14 days in advance.
  • Tenpin bowling sessions can be booked by phoning 028 9080 9102 and quoting the number below the barcode on your membership card.
  • All tenpin bowling sessions are subject to availability/demand.
  • Tenpin bowling opening times are available by visiting www.theicebowl.com         

Indiana Land

  • There is no need to make an advance booking for Indiana Land simply turn up and present your membership card at the main reception desk.   
  • Children using Indiana Land must be under 12 years.
  • For opening times, please visit www.theicebowl.com

Future Improvements

Over the coming weeks we will be working towards improving upon the service we provide to members through the introduction of a Vitality Membership App and the introduction of membership booking kiosks at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald International Ice Bowl and Lough Moss Leisure Centre.    
We will also be reviewing our Vitality membership booking software in order to make it more convenient for members to book services.          

Launch of  Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race & Fun Run

Launch of Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race & Fun Run

25 February 2019

Entries Open for the Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run!

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to open entries for the popular Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event will take place on Wednesday 19th June from Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn.

Supported by title sponsor, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, the event is expected to attract more than 6,500 runners in what will be one of Northern Ireland’s largest sporting participatory events.

The Half Marathon & 10K Road Race is renowned for being ‘Flat & Fast’ making it the ideal route for competitive runners aiming for Personal Bests or beginners looking to take on a new challenge. The Fun Run is the perfect race for anyone wishing to run with family and friends and experience a little fun while getting active!  All events are inclusive and are open to wheelchair and hand cycle participants.

Speaking at the launch of the event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin said: “The Council has a proud history of hosting high profile sporting competitions across the City and the Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run is one of the most popular events in the calendar with over 6,500 participants expected to take to the start line at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

“I would warmly encourage everyone to sign up for the event, whether they are an experienced runner looking to beat their Personal Best or they are just new to running and would like to challenge themselves to run a longer distance. I would also encourage families, schools and youth groups to register for the fun run to come along and soak up the incredible atmosphere the event has to offer.”

“Finally I would like to extend my gratitude to our event sponsors, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland and Trust Ford for their support and I am confident that this year’s event will be bigger and better.”

Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter added: “I am delighted to be involved in the launch of the 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. For nearly four decades, the event has inspired both adults and children to get active in a competitive, but fun setting. Runners have even travelled across the globe to participate in the event, with one runner travelling from Australia in 2018, which highlights the calibre of the event in the running calendar.

“Running has become more popular over the last number of years, especially with the introduction of the Couch to 5K programme and the success of the junior parkrun across the Council area. There are also many local running clubs as well as recreational runners who enjoy the challenge of beating their personal best time.  I have no doubt that this year’s event will continue to grow in popularity as more people strive to be active and stay active in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage both competitive runners and fun runners to sign up for the event and wish everyone the very best with their training.  I look forward to seeing you all at the start line on 19th June 2019,” concluded the Chairman.

Zoe Cunningham, Community Affairs Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland said, “As a local company with a long-standing heritage here in Lisburn, we are delighted to support the Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run once again this year.

“This event shares our passion for fostering great community spirit, while also raising much needed funds for local charities.

“We would like to wish participants and organisers the very best of luck with, what will undoubtedly be, another superb event.”

Printed application forms will be available from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council leisure and community facilities, local sports shops and other outlets across the City.

To register to participate in the Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run or for further information, please visit www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com or call 028 9250 9556. Details can also be found on the Council’s Sports Development Facebook page, ‘Be Active, Stay Active Lisburn Castlereagh.

Council Launches New Leisure Membership

Council Launches New Leisure Membership

30 January 2019

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is encouraging local residents and customers to get more active as its staff prepare to launch the Council’s exciting new Vitality Leisure Membership package on 1st March 2019.

For just £45 per month for a household or £28 per month for an individual, members can enjoy a wide range of activities and classes for adults and children at all six of the Council’s leisure facilities. Members are entitled access to Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre and Kilmakee Activity Centre.

Speaking about the new membership package, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to launch the new Vitality Membership package to provide residents and customers with a unique blend of activities across all six of the Council’s leisure facilities.  The membership is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and at only £45 per month for a household with up to two adults and five children, the package offers fantastic value for money to help everyone get active, more often.

“The package offers members an extensive range of activities to get their heart pumping, including gym, swimming, racquet sports and studio classes to name but a few of the activities available across the sites.  Members are also entitled access to tenpin bowling, ice skating and Indiana Land at Dundonald International Ice Bowl as well as leisure pool and Mission Inflatable at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, which is perfect for planning a family day out.

“I would encourage residents and customers to take advantage of this fantastic value for money membership and benefit from the extensive choice of activities and classes available across Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Individual, Household and Concession membership options are available.  Registrations for membership open on Wednesday 6th February across all Sports Services facilities. For further information on the Vitality Membership package and details on our registration dates, please visit www.theleisureplex.com or www.theicebowl.com.



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