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Sports Personality of the Month Winners Announced

Sports Personality of the Month Winners Announced

14 December 2018

Sports Lisburn & Castlereagh is celebrating local sporting talent following the announcement of Sports Personality of the Month for the autumn/winter 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.

This round of winners included Abbie Marshall who won Gold on bar, beam and vault and Silver on floor at the Irish Gymnastic Championships; Amy Stewart who is the current Taekwondo freestyle champion in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and England and Brandon Mallon who is 3rd overall in the Irish U12 BMX racing and track racing.

Congratulating the winners, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Jimmy Walker said “I would like to commend Abbie, Amy and Brandon on their remarkable achievements in their chosen sport. They should be extremely proud of their success to date and I am thrilled that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can recognised their tremendous achievement at national level.”

“I would also like to warmly encourage other clubs to take the time to nominate an individual who has excelled in their sport. Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to Decathlon for their ongoing support and for kindly sponsoring the initiative.”

For further details on Sports Personality of the Month, please email Adrian Baron at adrian.baron@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk.

Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skating Onto Screens on Christmas Day

Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skating Onto Screens on Christmas Day

17 December 2018

One of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s major sport and leisure facilities, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, is to be showcased to millions of viewers nationwide on Christmas Day as part of ITV’s, Torvill & Dean.

Written by acclaimed film, television and theatre writer, William Ivory (Made in Dagenham), the one-off programme explores the early years and family life of British ice dancing stars, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, and the determination that brought them together to become not only Olympic Champions but ice dancing royalty. British, European, Olympic and World Champions, the ice dancing duo won Gold at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics after skating to Maurice Ravel’s Boléro with a long program that remains the highest scoring single program in the history of figure skating. Northern Ireland Screen are co-production partners with Darlow Smithson and international distribution is handled by Endemol Shine International.

Featuring Will Tudor (Game of Thrones, Shadowhunters) and Poppy Lee Friar (In the Club, Ackley Bridge) in the iconic roles of Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill, the Nottingham based feature programme opens by introducing viewers to how Jayne and Christopher were individually introduced to ice skating at a young age and how the two eventually meet and embark on their momentous journey to world success. 

Also starring Anita Dobson (Eastenders) as Miss Perry, Jayne’s first coach at the Nottingham Ice Stadium, Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart) as her father and Jamie Winstone (Babs, After Hours) as the instructor who paired Jayne and Chris together, filming took place at Dundonald International Ice Bowl during August with the majority of ice dancing scenes and interior scenes being filmed in and around the rink.  

Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said:
“Following the success of Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold and Being Julie, Northern Ireland has become a top filming location for both television shows and blockbuster features in recent years and I am delighted that ITV and Darlow Smithson choose Dundonald International Ice Bowl as a filming location for this must-see biopic. 

“Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are recognised as two of Britain’s top competitors in the history of their sport and it is fantastic to see a feature length programme commissioned to showcase not only their lives but ice dancing and skating. 

“The programme will well and truly put Dundonald International Ice Bowl on the map and as Northern Ireland’s only Olympic sized ice rink open to the public, I hope it will encourage people of all ages to visit the Ice Bowl and take to the ice, whether it be part of a family outing or signing up for ice skating lessons in the Council’s Learn to Skate programme.

“I look forward to sitting down on Christmas Day and viewing the programme with the rest of the nation”, concluded Alderman Porter. 

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Dundonald International Ice Bowl’s next Learn to Skate programme commences on Friday 11th January, Saturday 12th January or Sunday 13th January and costs £57 for both adults and children. Younger children, ages 3 – 4 years, can also learn to skate for £45. 
Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skating Onto Screens on Christmas Day

Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skating Onto Screens on Christmas Day

17 December 2018

One of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s major sport and leisure facilities, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, is to be showcased to millions of viewers nationwide on Christmas Day as part of ITV’s, Torvill & Dean.

Written by acclaimed film, television and theatre writer, William Ivory (Made in Dagenham), the one-off programme explores the early years and family life of British ice dancing stars, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, and the determination that brought them together to become not only Olympic Champions but ice dancing royalty. British, European, Olympic and World Champions, the ice dancing duo won Gold at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics after skating to Maurice Ravel’s Boléro with a long program that remains the highest scoring single program in the history of figure skating. Northern Ireland Screen are co-production partners with Darlow Smithson and international distribution is handled by Endemol Shine International.

Featuring Will Tudor (Game of Thrones, Shadowhunters) and Poppy Lee Friar (In the Club, Ackley Bridge) in the iconic roles of Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill, the Nottingham based feature programme opens by introducing viewers to how Jayne and Christopher were individually introduced to ice skating at a young age and how the two eventually meet and embark on their momentous journey to world success. 

Also starring Anita Dobson (Eastenders) as Miss Perry, Jayne’s first coach at the Nottingham Ice Stadium, Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart) as her father and Jamie Winstone (Babs, After Hours) as the instructor who paired Jayne and Chris together, filming took place at Dundonald International Ice Bowl during August with the majority of ice dancing scenes and interior scenes being filmed in and around the rink.  

Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said:
“Following the success of Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold and Being Julie, Northern Ireland has become a top filming location for both television shows and blockbuster features in recent years and I am delighted that ITV and Darlow Smithson choose Dundonald International Ice Bowl as a filming location for this must-see biopic. 

“Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are recognised as two of Britain’s top competitors in the history of their sport and it is fantastic to see a feature length programme commissioned to showcase not only their lives but ice dancing and skating. 

“The programme will well and truly put Dundonald International Ice Bowl on the map and as Northern Ireland’s only Olympic sized ice rink open to the public, I hope it will encourage people of all ages to visit the Ice Bowl and take to the ice, whether it be part of a family outing or signing up for ice skating lessons in the Council’s Learn to Skate programme.

“I look forward to sitting down on Christmas Day and viewing the programme with the rest of the nation”, concluded Alderman Porter. 

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Dundonald International Ice Bowl’s next Learn to Skate programme commences on Friday 11th January, Saturday 12th January or Sunday 13th January and costs £57 for both adults and children. Younger children, ages 3 – 4 years, can also learn to skate for £45. 
Irish National Swimming Event

Irish National Swimming Event

10 December 2018

LeisurePlex Hosts Irish National Swimming Championship

Over 700 swimmers recently competed in the prestigious Irish National Short Course (25m) Swimming Championships at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn.

The four day event was organised by Swim Ireland and attracted teams from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Presenting the medals at the event, the Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Amanda Grehan said, “The Council is honoured to host a national competition and welcome clubs from Swim Ireland to Lisburn & Castlereagh. I was delighted to meet many of the swimmers and their supporters who had travelled a great distance to take part in the competition. It was fantastic to watch so many exciting races and I was particularly delighted to see many local swimmers achieve medal success.”

“I hope the participants, officials and spectators enjoyed their time with us and I look forward to welcoming many of them back to the Council area in the very near future”, concluded the Deputy Mayor.

The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “Lagan Valley LeisurePlex has a proud history of hosting prestigious sporting events and we are delighted to continue this success by again hosting the Irish National Swimming Championships.  The event continues to attract many high calibre swimmers and it was particularly pleasing to see multiple national and senior records being broken.”

“I would like thank Swim Ireland for organising the event and I hope the achievement of the swimmers will encourage others to learn to swim or progress within the sport.”

Results of the competition can be viewed by visiting www.swimireland.ie

​Spooktastic Designs In Dundonald International Ice Bowl Schools Competition

​Spooktastic Designs In Dundonald International Ice Bowl Schools Competition

23 November 2018
Over twenty primary schools from the area participated in a Schools Colouring Competition to win a day out to Dundonald International Ice Bowl for them and their class. Open to school children in Primary One to Primary Three, judges at Dundonald International Ice Bowl were overwhelmed by both the number of entrants and the creative skill displayed on some of this year’s entrants, with some children incorporating glitter, pompoms, feathers and more in the design of their own Haunted Mansion. Following a difficult judging, one winner was selected from each Primary school year. The three winners were invited to Dundonald International Ice Bowl for a congratulatory lunch, where they were presented with their prize by Operations Manager, Mark Kane. Pictured with Mark Kane (L to R) is Primary Two winner, Ella Dann, from West Winds Primary School, Newtownards; Primary One winner, Amelia Malone, from St Ita’s Primary School, Belfast and Primary Three winner, Lizzie McAleese, from Regent House School, Newtownards.
 
Spintastic Spinathon at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

Spintastic Spinathon at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

23 November 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Lagan Valley LeisurePlex recently played host to a sponsored Spinathon raising money for local Northern Ireland charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

Organised by the facility’s Vitality Gym employees, Ryan Hegarty and Hayley Priestley, the sponsored Spinathon ran for a total of eight hours on Saturday 17th November, with both Hayley or Ryan on a bike and cycling at all times throughout the entirety of the sponsored cycle.

To date, the Spinathon has raised £1,338 with donations still coming in, with both Ryan and Hayley being overwhelmed by the support they have received.

Prior to the Spinathon taking place, Councillor Uel Mackin, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council made an appearance on the day to show his support of Ryan and Hayley’s efforts in raising funds for the charity as Cancer Fund for Children is his Mayoral Charity for his year in office.

Dash, Dash, Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Santa Dash

Dash, Dash, Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Santa Dash

22 November 2018

On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, along with Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and special guests, Santa Claus and his holiday elf have launched this year’s Santa Dash, due to take place at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff on Thursday 13th December 2018 at 6.30pm.

Organised by the Council’s Sports Services Unit, this year’s Santa Dash, like last year, will provide participants with an evening of festive fun across a choice of 1km, 3km or 5km routes.  Prior to the ‘dash’, there will also be a special Christmas themed warm-up Zumba class to get participants in the festive spirit as well as bouncy castles and refreshments to keep Santa’s littler helpers busy!

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 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said, “I am thrilled that Lough Moss Leisure Centre is once again the host venue for this festive family fun 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.

Councillor Uel Mackin, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council added, “I am delighted that proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to my Mayoral Charity, Cancer Fund for Children. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and would encourage people of all ages, abilities and fitness to sign-up, take part and support such a worthy charity. So join in the fun and be a Claus for a good cause!”


Those looking to participate in this year’s event can register by visiting www.theleisureplex.com/activities/santa-dash.  Santa suits can be collected from Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff from Monday 7th December 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
Dash, Dash, Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Santa Dash

Dash, Dash, Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Santa Dash

22 November 2018

On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, along with Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and special guests, Santa Claus and his holiday elf have launched this year’s Santa Dash, due to take place at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff on Thursday 13th December 2018 at 6.30pm.

Organised by the Council’s Sports Services Unit, this year’s Santa Dash, like last year, will provide participants with an evening of festive fun across a choice of 1km, 3km or 5km routes.  Prior to the ‘dash’, there will also be a special Christmas themed warm-up Zumba class to get participants in the festive spirit as well as bouncy castles and refreshments to keep Santa’s littler helpers busy!

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 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said, “I am thrilled that Lough Moss Leisure Centre is once again the host venue for this festive family fun 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.

Councillor Uel Mackin, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council added, “I am delighted that proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to my Mayoral Charity, Cancer Fund for Children. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and would encourage people of all ages, abilities and fitness to sign-up, take part and support such a worthy charity. So join in the fun and be a Claus for a good cause!”


Those looking to participate in this year’s event can register by visiting www.theleisureplex.com/activities/santa-dash.  Santa suits can be collected from Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff from Monday 7th December 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
CELEBRATING LOCAL SPORTING TALENT

CELEBRATING LOCAL SPORTING TALENT

02 November 2018

CELEBRATING LOCAL SPORTING TALENT

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has paid tribute to local sporting talent during the 2018 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 Women’s Hockey World Cup Silver Medallist and Captain of the Ireland Team, Katie Mullan.

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.

Golfer, Paula Grant was named Sports Personality of the Year. This year, Paula was selected to play for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup, which is the female equivalent to the Ryder Cup, making her only the 6th representative from Northern Ireland in the past 86 years to have achieved this prestigious honour.  Her steadfast performances throughout the year led to this selection, placing Paula as the highest ranked Irish player in a number of tournaments. Gold Medallist in the World Masters Athletes Event and Irish record holder, Kelly Neely was awarded second and Irish Downhill Champion and World Downhill Masters Champion, Colin Ross third place in this category.

Due to the overwhelming number of nominations this year, the Junior Sports Personality of the Year was divided into two age categories, under 15 years and under 19 years. The U15 category was won by 12 year old table tennis star, Sophie Earley who had an unstoppable 2018, emerged victorious in a number of tournaments all over Ireland, including achievements at senior level.  Sophie also was the only European representative in her age category to compete at the prestigious World Cadet Challenge in Japan. Second place in the U15 category was presented to Judo Gold Medallist and multi-sport athlete, Lloyd Andrews and third place was won by Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club goal scorer and Silver Medallist, Eva Ramsay.

The U19 Junior Sports Personality of the Year title was won by fencing and multi-sport athlete, Charlotte Slater who enjoyed a tremendous year, becoming the national champion in fencing for the third consecutive year and ranked number one at U17 and U20 level. Charlotte also played for the developing St Patricks Senior Ladies Gaelic Football Team and she represented the Northern Cricket Union as well as gaining international caps in netball. Second place in this category was awarded to the Junior Giants Ice Hockey Captain and U18 GB women’s ice hockey team representative, Kaitlyn Morrison while third place was won by school hockey captain and Ireland and Ulster U18s representative, Andrew Edgar.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin said, “It is a great honour to attend the 2018 Draynes Farm Sports Awards and publically recognise the wealth of sporting talent in Lisburn & Castlereagh.

“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.

“We also have a number of sports stars residing in the Council area, who provide inspiration to clubs and athletes striving to compete at the highest level. I would like to thank Katie Mullan for taking the time to attend the Sports Awards and I know listening to her story about Ireland team’s success at the Women’s Hockey World Cup will provide great encouragement to the next generation of local sporting heroes.”

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman 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 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.

“Within Lisburn & Castlereagh, 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 the highly popular Lisburn Half Marathon, 10k and Fun Run, which attracts over 6,500 participants per year, as well as the successful Every Body Active 2020 programme which helps people take their first steps on the road to physical activity.

“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 Jog Lisburn Running Club with Simply Judo taking second place and Ballymacash Rangers Football Club third place. School Team of the Year was awarded to Wallace High School Second XI Boys Hockey Team with St Patrick’s Lisburn Year 9 Football Team taking second place and Laurelhill Community College U14 Athletics and Cross Country Team securing third place.

Adrian Daye from Jog Lisburn Running Club was presented with the Coach of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication developing the club. Second prize was awarded to Adam Louden from Lisnagarvey Ladies First XI Hockey Team and third place Ciaran McGurk of Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club.

The Senior Team of the Year was won by Lisnagarvey Ladies First XI Hockey Team with Lisburn 2Gether Special Olympics Club taking second place and Lisburn Golf Club Senior Team third place. Lisburn Golf Club, Fred Daly U18 Team was awarded first prize in the Junior Sports Team of the Year. ICAN Judo Club Youth Team achieved second place and Lisburn Rangers Girls U15 Football Team a third place.

The Merit Award was presented to four individuals to recognise the essential and valuable service they provide to their clubs in the pursuit of success in their chosen sport. The Junior Award was achieved by James Nicholson from Carryduff Taekwondo Club while the Senior Merit Award was awarded to Michael Tiffen from Lisburn Taekwondo Club, Stephen Gilmore from Lagan Valley Orienteering Club and Ronnie Smyth from Annadale Hockey Club.

Jimmy Walker, Chairman 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 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.”

Spooky Fun at Dundonald International Ice Bowl Halloween Bowling Competition

Spooky Fun at Dundonald International Ice Bowl Halloween Bowling Competition

01 November 2018

Over 150 enthusiastic adults dressed up as witches, wizards, superheroes and ghosts to take part in the Halloween themed competition featuring haunting music, spooky lights and prizes for the best dressed.

The competition was enthusiastically played by all participants with Ravara Training & Resource Centre scoring the highest number of points and securing the 1st place award for the Highest Scoring Team with Edgecumbe Training & Resource Centre taking home the prize of Highest Scoring Male and Suffolk Scorers the prize for Highest Scoring Female.

With so many wonderful fancy dress costumes, judges had a hard time picking just one male and female best dressed winner so ultimately decided on two winners for each category. Action Mental Health and Community Day Services West were both awarded prizes for their magical pumpkin and wonderful witch in the female category while the male prize winners were Everton’s mischievous Mad Hatter and Praxis Care’s masked lizard.

Speaking at the event, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Vice Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor John Gallen said, “This fabulous event has been running for over twenty years and once again Dundonald International Ice Bowl has pulled out all the stops to deliver another fantastic competition, with it growing year-on-year in participants.

“The event itself is a great occasion to bring together different organisations and community groups for a fun, sociable activity that everyone taking part can enjoy regardless of their disability. I am thrilled to see so many individuals representing the Halloween theme and dressing up for the event – everyone looks great!

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Dundonald International Ice Bowl for hosting a spectacular event as well as the staff from the various organisations and groups for supporting the competition each year – many of which I know bowl here on a regular basis.

“I would also like to thank Hunky Dory’s for providing snacks for the competition and look forward to welcoming all the organisations back to the facility very soon,” concluded Councillor Gallen.

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Launches Paediatric First Aid Courses

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Launches Paediatric First Aid Courses

25 October 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter has launched two new Ofqual accredited Paediatric First Aid Courses which will take place at the Council`s Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

Commencing in November, the courses will cover everything you need to know in regards to helping an ill or injured child and have been specifically designed to cater for all needs, from professional child care workers to a parent just wanting to gain a bit more knowledge.  All courses are run by fully qualified trainers using the most up to date training resources and equipment.

Taking place in two formats, the IQL Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course will take place over four 1.5 hour classes running once a week over a four week period. Set in a relaxed environment, it is aimed at adults looking to gain the knowledge and confidence to deliver first aid to children. For this course, adults are welcome to bring children along to the 90 minute session to likewise introduce them to basic first aid and put them at ease if they ever require first aid in the future.

Alternatively, the IQL Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Course, a more in-depth version of the Emergency Paediatric Course, will take place over 12 hours at various times throughout the month and is ideal for anyone interacting with children in the workplace, parents, guardians and family members.

At the end of each course a certificate of qualification will be issued to individuals and is valid for three years.

Speaking at the launch, Alderman Porter said “First Aid is a valuable life skill and these courses have been developed to give parents and guardians the confidence and skillset to deal with injuries at home, out and about or in the workplace. The courses will cover a range of CPR and first aid skills to provide those looking after children with the skills to administer first aid.”

“I would encourage parents, guardians and all those working with children to sign up to these beneficial classes, you never know when the skills could come in useful and help save a life. I wish Lagan Valley LeisurePlex major success in the running of these courses and hope they continue for the foreseeable future.”

The Paediatric First Aid Courses will commence in November 2018, for further details please contact Paul McFarland on 02892 448070 or email paul.mcfarland@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

European Strongman Competition Sets Its Sight on Lisburn

European Strongman Competition Sets Its Sight on Lisburn

24 October 2018
On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, along with Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice Chairman of the Development Committee, accompanied by The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and event organisers have launched this year’s European Strongman Competition.

The competition will be held at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm.  Entry to the event will cost £8 for an adult, £5 for under 14 years and free for those under 6 years. Tickets are available to purchase on the day at the LeisurePlex reception.

The Competition will place Lisburn on the world stage as the six hour event will be streamed live around the world on www.officialstrongman.com for international enthusiasts.

Approximately 60 to 80 competitors will travel to Lisburn to compete in the competition from as far afield as Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Iceland and the Republic of Ireland.  Recognised names hosting and refereeing the competition include three-time World’s Strongest Man and Powerlifting Legend, Bill Kazmier; two-time World’s Strongest Man U105 and multiple Heavyweight Finalist, Darren Sadler and Colin Bryce, presenter of World’s Strongest Man and former Olympian bobsleigher.

Individual events taking place throughout the day-long competition include 300+ Kg Frame Carry, Car and Motorcycle Deadlift, Giant Hammer and Axe Holds along with a Viking Press and Loading Race. 

Dave Warner, Event Organiser said, “The contest will be hard fought for all the categories and we have the best line up of tomorrow’s superstars of strength, both in the male and female category.  Fast paced, edge of your seat excitement is guaranteed.”

The top three competitors from each category will receive invites to the Official Strongman Games World Final taking place this December in the United States, while the Heavyweight Male winner will receive an invitation to compete in one of the televised Giant’s Live events with a direct opportunity to qualify for ‘The World’s Strongest Man.’

Speaking at the launch, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said: “The European Strongman Competition is the ultimate test of strength and endurance and I am delighted that Lagan Valley LeisurePlex has been selected to host this year’s event.

“With competitors travelling from all over the world and the event being live streamed, Lisburn will well and truly be put on the map, and indeed, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex as a destination and facility to hold renowned events.

“I have great respect for all those participating next Saturday and encourage everyone to come along next weekend and show their support by cheering on from the sides lines,” concluded Alderman Porter. 
Howling Halloween at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

Howling Halloween at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

04 October 2018

Howling Halloween Pool Party

Experience a spine-chilling day out at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex this Halloween at our Howling Halloween Pool Party on Sunday 28th October.

We've got two sessions of Mission Inflatable available at the below times, with both sessions featuring Q Radio's DJ Ryan A playing Halloween themed music!

Session One: 2.45pm - 3.30pm
Session Two: 3.45pm - 4.30pm

Adult Cost: £7pp (per session)
Child Cost: £5.50pp (per session)

There will also be spot prizes on offer to win throughout both time slots. 

*Minimum age 6 years. Children aged 6 + 7 years must be accompanied by an adult on a 1 to 1 basis.

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Spooky Saturday at Dundonald International Ice Bowl

Spooky Saturday at Dundonald International Ice Bowl

04 October 2018

October is here and with it the season of witches and wizards as All Hallows’ Eve approaches at the end of the month.

To mark the Half Term Holidays, Dundonald International Ice Bowl is hosting a Spooky Halloween Party.

Experience a spine-chilling Halloween at Dundonald International Ice Bowl with ice skating, glow in the dark Xtreme tenpin bowling and Indiana Land playworld all under one roof on Saturday 27th October, 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

For howling Halloween family fun, choose any two fangtastic activities for only £8.95pp! Plus, take advantage of the FREE fantasy face painting, spooky selfie station and devilish disco, where your little ones can be transformed into ghosts, ghouls, draculas and witches. And that’s not all…there will also be haunting Halloween characters walking around throughout the day to ‘scare’ and entertain everyone.

Don’t forget to bring your little witches and wizards in fancy dress for the opportunity to receive a spooky prize! (Excludes ice skating activities).

With live DJ entertainment in both the ice rink and bowling centre playing haunting Halloween music, Spooky Saturday is a great day out for the whole family!

*Please be advised loose fitting clothing is not permitted on the ice. Indiana Land operates a height restriction of 5ft and an age restriction of under 12 years. For those who would like to tenpin bowl, it is recommended to pre-book your game to guarantee a lane before the event.  

For further information on ‘Spooky Saturday’ and activity times during the Half Term Holidays call the Event and Sales Team on 028 9080 9100/9129/9123, email icebowl@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk, visit www.theicebowl.com and Like our page on Facebook. 
Swaziland Choir Visit Dundonald Ice Bowl

Swaziland Choir Visit Dundonald Ice Bowl

27 September 2018

SWAZILAND CHOIR VISIT DUNDONALD ICE BOWL
 

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin and Mayoress, Mrs Jennifer Mackin have welcomed a group of six ladies from Swaziland to Dundonald International Ice Bowl to enjoy a well-deserved break during their busy tour of Northern Ireland. 

The group called ‘Women Set Free’ are a testimonial gospel choir from Mbabane in Swaziland, who are touring churches and schools during their 14 day tour of the province.  The aim of their visit was to thank the people of Northern Ireland for their support, share their remarkable stories and bring a message of hope to the many women suffering terrible plights in their home country.

Speaking at the visit, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin said, “I am honoured to welcome the ‘Women Set Free’ group to Dundonald International Ice Bowl.  The women are an inspiration to others as they embrace the world with such enthusiasm and joy despite the many challenges and vulnerable situations they have faced in their home country. I was personally thrilled that the choir took time out of their activities to perform praise songs from their homeland; an experience which was uplifting and memorable for everyone listening within the facility.”

“I would like to thank Gary Armstrong from Challenge Ministries for coordinating the visit and the many churches and schools who have supported various community projects across Swaziland, including the construction of a refuge centre which many of these women have benefited from. I hope the group enjoy the rest of their visit to Northern Ireland and their inspirational message continues to touch the lives of many local people”, concluded Councillor Mackin.

Nominations Open for Sports Awards 2018

Nominations Open for Sports Awards 2018

24 September 2018

SPORTS AWARDS RECOGNISES LOCAL TALENT

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has launched the nomination process for the 2018 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 2018 Draynes Farm Sports Awards, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “The Sports Awards is an opportunity each year to publicly commend the wealth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh. We have a proud history of sporting success with athletes and teams representing the Council area in major competitions, including most recently the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Special Olympics Ireland Games, which took place earlier in the year.

“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 Friday 5th October at 12 noon and I would encourage everyone to take the time to nominate an individual, club or school whose achievements might otherwise go unnoticed”, concluded Alderman Porter

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-2018. Forms can also be obtained by emailing adrian.baron@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or telephoning 028 9250 9461.

The closing date for applications is strictly Friday 5th October at 12 noon.

Celebrating Positive Ageing Month - October 2018

Celebrating Positive Ageing Month - October 2018

24 September 2018

Older people across Lisburn & Castlereagh are being encouraged to get active and try a new leisure activity as part of Positive Ageing Month which will take place throughout the month of October

As part of the Council’s campaign, people over the age of 60 years can enjoy a fantastic choice of activities, including golf lessons, bowling, road cycling, pilates, and racquet sports to name but a few. There are also two free ‘Positive Ageing’ events as well as a ‘How to Stay Young’ event which include activities and information stands for an informative and social morning of fun.

A range of activities will be available at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Kilmakee Activity Centre, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre, Castlereagh Hills Golf Course and Aberdelghy Golf Course.

Launching the scheme, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “By 2052, 2 billion people, over 20% of the world’s population, will be over 60 years.  This statistic shows age is just a number as more and more older people continue to enjoy the same level of activity, interests and fun that they enjoyed in their youth.

“The Council is delighted to support Positive Ageing Month by offering a programme of activities, specifically aimed at meeting the needs of people over the age of 60 years.  Activities are available across eight Council leisure facilities over specific days in the month so there is a choice of different venues, activities and dates to suit all interests and locations.  Family members and friends are also welcome to join in and with plenty of encouragement from our staff, there has never been a better reason to come along and try a new activity.”

Download a full copy of the timetable for Positive Ageing Month

Halloween Activity Scheme 2018

Halloween Activity Scheme 2018

20 September 2018
Based on the success of last year's Halloween Activity Scheme, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex is delighted to announce the scheme will once again be running during the October half-term holidays. 

More information on this year's scheme can be found on our Activities Page along with booking information. 
Plenty of Pickleball Fun at Pickleball Tournament

Plenty of Pickleball Fun at Pickleball Tournament

12 September 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan recently attended the first Lisburn Autumn Inter-Club Pickleball Tournament at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, welcoming participants to Lisburn from throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.  

Growing in popularity in recent years, Pickleball was established in the USA sometime during the 1960s as a combination game of tennis, badminton and table tennis. 
What initially started as a fun family game, gradually developed into a recognised sport with championship competitions taking place globally.

In 2014, Stephanie Lynas, Chairman of Lisburn Pickleball Club approached Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Sports Services Unit about using courts at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex to host regular sessions. Following two years of casual play, Lisburn Pickleball Club was officially established in 2016 and with the support of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, the Club has gone from strength to strength.

Following the success of last year’s Inter-Club Tournament in Glasgow, Stephanie organised this year’s event to take place in Northern Ireland at the LeisurePlex. A total of 76 participants competed in the tournament with representatives travelling from as far afield as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Wales and Republic of Ireland.

Speaking at the tournament, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan said, “Over the last four years the Council has assisted in the development of the Lisburn Pickleball Club through providing equipment, court time and support and I am delighted to see that the Pickleball community is growing within the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.  Stephanie has worked extremely hard over the years in relation to the Club and I commend her on her commitment in bringing something new to Lisburn City, both the sport and this tournament. I look forward to seeing how the Club and Tournament progress in the years to come.

Speaking at the event, Stephanie said, “Pickleball is excellent for keeping fit, both physically and mentally.  It is extremely easy to pick up and can be played at any level.  There is also a great social side to the sport and I would encourage everyone to give it a go.  This year’s tournament at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex has been a massive success and I look forward to next year’s tournament in Yorkshire before welcoming it back hopefully to Lisburn in a few years. 
THE HEROS Programme Takes To The Ice

THE HEROS Programme Takes To The Ice

14 August 2018

Dundonald International Ice Bowl has hosted the 11th year of the highly successful cross community Giants HEROS Programme with an energy packed ice hockey camp and big game, involving over 50 young people from Lisburn, Belfast, Bangor, Holywood, Swords, Dublin and Kinloss in Scotland.

The programme aims to use ice hockey and other shared experiences as catalysts to bring young people together to develop their leadership skills and promote a greater understanding and respect for each other.  It builds on a successful model developed by the youth partners; Crosscare, Army Welfare Services, Ballynafeigh Community  Development Association and the DICE project, along with the international partners H.E.R.O.S Canada.

As part of this year’s programme, the young people spent 3 hours each day on the ice at the Dundonald facility, alongside Canadian HEROS volunteers.  At the end of the week, the children had the opportunity to showcase their new skills with a fun ice hockey tournament watched by their friends and family.

Chairman of the Council`s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter was delighted to host the ice hockey camp at Dundonald International Ice Bowl: “The Council was pleased to support the HEROS programme for another year and welcome the many young people, coaches and volunteers to our ice rink in Dundonald.

“Sport plays an important role in bringing young people together to take part in positive activity which promotes a culture of teamwork and understanding for one another. I would like to thank the organisers and Canadian HEROS volunteers for delivering such an innovative programme which will hopefully have a major impact on the lives of these young people as they apply their new skills and experiences off the ice.”

Organiser Ken McQuillan added, “The programme works towards giving young people a unique opportunity to learn and develop life skills in ice hockey while developing aspirations for themselves and building relationships between young people from different backgrounds. 

“The programme has been running for 11 years and we are delighted to celebrate the talent, friendships and skills being developed as a result of the programme.  We hope that every young person gains from the experience and takes away positive messages from this unique project.”

Council’s Sports Services Unit Achieves Customer Service Excellence Award

Council’s Sports Services Unit Achieves Customer Service Excellence Award

10 August 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Sports Services Unit has been recognised for its excellent standard of customer service after achieving the Cabinet Office’s prestigious, Customer Services Excellence Award.

The award was presented in recognition of the Unit’s customer focused service and commitment to continuous improvement, following a formal three day assessment against extensive pre-set criteria.  This included customer insights, organisation culture, information & access, delivery of service and timeliness & quality of service.

The accolade was obtained for Sport Service’s nine service areas, making it the largest Local Authority Unit in Northern Ireland to achieve the award.  Facilities and services encompassed within the Unit include Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Castlereagh Hills Golf Course, Aberdelghy Golf Course, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre, Kilmakee Activity Centre and Sports Development.

Speaking about the success, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “The Sports Services Unit takes great pride in putting the customer at the heart of their service provision therefore I am delighted that the hard work of the staff has been formally recognised through the achievement of the Customer Service Excellence Award.

“It is also a great honour to be the largest Local Authority Unit in Northern Ireland to achieve this award, which is testimony to the Council’s commitment to drive customer focused change and ensure our service is efficient, effective, equitable and empowering for all.

“The fact our Sports Service Unit attracts just under 1.7 million visitors per year and offers a diverse range of programmes and activities for all ages makes this achievement even more significant, particularly as it highlights to customers that they can be assured of the same excellent standard of service no matter what Sports Services facility they visit.

“The assessor’s report was also extremely complementary and gave particular praise to the staff across the Unit, commenting that staff were polite and friendly and went the extra mile to deliver an exceptional personalised customer experience, which is an excellent endorsement.

“I would like to congratulate all the staff who played a vital role in the achievement of this fantastic accomplishment and thank them for their level of commitment to serving our customers. I have no doubt that these high standards will develop year on year as everyone continues to work together to improve the service and meet the changing needs of our customers.”

Gary Swarbrooke, Director of CSE Assessment Services added: “Lisburn & Castlereagh Sports Services has achieved this prestigious award and for an organisation of this complexity to obtain the accreditation is a significant achievement.

“This result is a reflection of the time, effort and commitment that has been put into providing excellent customer service. The assessor praised the entire team and commented on the scale of the commitment to delivering an excellent customer experience.”

Assessor Lynda Willis also commented, “Even though the Council merged three years ago, there was strong evidence of staff working well together with a common aim to deliver excellence in customer service, creating a customer focused culture within the Unit.

“Well done Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Services Unit from Assessment Services.”

Tenpin Bowling at the Special Olympics Ireland Games

Tenpin Bowling at the Special Olympics Ireland Games

A massive congratulations to Special Olympics Athlete, Matthew Emerson, who had a weekend he will remember, representing Team Ulster and winning a 5th place ribbon as well as a Gold Medal in Tenpin Bowling at the Special Olympics Ireland Games which were held in Dublin.

Matthew is a member of Pin Pals Special Olympics Club who meet every Wednesday here at Dundonald International Ice Bowl. Matthew dropped in to show us his medal, along with his Doubles partner Michael Ferguson, who also won a Silver Medal in the Singles competition.

At the moment there are 21 Members in the Pin Pals Special Olympics Club which is run by a team of 10 Special Olympics Volunteers.

This is the first time that Matthew and Michael have represented Team Ulster at the Ireland Games. Now both Matthew's and Michael's families wait to find out if they will make it through to the World Games being held in Abu Dhabi in 2019. We wish them both the best of luck!

NEW Mission Inflatable

NEW Mission Inflatable

Make a splash at our new water inflatables!

Take on the challenge of demolition balls, rollers, slides and our amazing Giants Causeway feature.

Available from 27th May.

Clip n Climb Launch New Augmented Climbing Wall

Clip n Climb Launch New Augmented Climbing Wall

31 January 2018

CLIP N CLIMB LAUNCH NEW AUGMENTED CLIMBING WALL
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow along with the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley attended the launch of Clip n Climb’s new augmented climbing wall at Dundonald International Ice Bowl.

Register Now!

Register Now!

18 January 2018

Join our Learn to Skate Programme

Are you watching Dancing on Ice and got the buzz for ice skating?  Then why not learn to skate with a course of ice skating lessons. 

We are now taking bookings for our Learn to Skate programme commencing on the Friday 16th February at 5.30pm, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February at 10.30am. 

All courses are delivered over 6 weeks with a NISA qualified coach. Courses cater for beginners and help skaters progress from Grade 1 to Grade 10. What’s more free ice time is also available after each lesson to practice your new skills!

Adult and children can learn to skate for £57. Your little ones aged 3-4 years can also learn to skate for £45.  Courses will also run on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April, and Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May.

If you would like further information or to register, please call the sales team on 028 9080 129/123. 

Swaziland Choir visit Dundonald Ice Bowl

Swaziland Choir visit Dundonald Ice Bowl

07 March 2017

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has welcomed a group of sixteen children and young people from Khulula Choir in Swaziland to Dundonald International Ice Bowl this week. The choir, who are visiting Northern Ireland for the next 14 days, were invited by the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett to the Dundonald leisure facility for a well-deserved break during their busy schedule.

Under the care of Challenge Ministries, the choir have made the long trip from Mbabana, the capital city of Swaziland, to embark on a tour of England and Northern Ireland. The choir are aged between 6 and 18 years and represent the many children of Swaziland who are found orphaned or in vulnerable situations.

Speaking at the visit, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Thomas Beckett said, “I am honoured to welcome the Khulula Choir to Dundonald International Ice Bowl. The children are an inspiration to others as they embrace the world with such enthusiasm and joy despite the many challenges they have faced in their young lives. I was personally thrilled that the choir took time out of their activities to perform two traditional songs from their homeland; an experience which was outstanding and memorable for everyone listening within the facility.”

“I would like to thank Gary Armstrong from Newtownards Elim Church for co-ordinating the visit and wish the choir every success in their tour across Northern Ireland.”

Dundonald Ice Skating Club prepare for UK competition!

Dundonald Ice Skating Club prepare for UK competition!

16 March 2017

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council welcomed talented figure skaters from Dundonald Ice Skating Club to Lagan Valley Island as they prepare to compete in the Deeside Ice Skating Club IJS Open Competition on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June.

Aiming for top marks, twenty two young skaters will make their way to the Deeside Ice Skating Club in Cheshire to compete against some of the best figure skaters in the UK. A high level of competition is expected and for some, this will be their first competition in front of a panel of judges. 

Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Thomas Beckett said, “The competition is a great opportunity for all twenty two figure skaters to put their hard work and training to the test and to showcase the breadth of talent that Dundonald Ice Skating Club has to offer.

“On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, I would like to wish the Club and competitors every success and most of all, enjoy the experience.”
Chair of Leisure and Community Development, Alderman Paul Porter added, “I would like to encourage all competitors, including those who are new to the competition arena, to give it their all, perform to the best of their ability and have fun.

“Competition in any sport is very demanding and requires a great deal of practice, patience and time; I have no doubt that the dedication and commitment of all competitors will ensure top marks and podium finishes.”



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