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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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