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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 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

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.

Vitality Membership Suspension

Vitality Membership Suspension

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.

COVID-19 Update - Closure of Facilities

COVID-19 Update - Closure of Facilities

18 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.

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

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
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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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. 
PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS

30 August 2018

DUNDONALD INTERNATIONAL ICE BOWL REDEVELOPMENT: PUBLIC INFORMATION EVENTS – TUESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER OR WEDNESDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2018

As the owner and operator of Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is committed to progressing plans for a major redevelopment project at the facility.  The Council is currently seeking feedback from the public and local groups and has consequently scheduled a number of engagement sessions to help shape future plans for the facility.

Dundonald International Ice Bowl has been an extremely popular attraction for over 30 years, therefore the Council anticipates any proposed plans will build upon the success of the existing facility to create a brand new complex, including leisure and entertainment provision for the 21st Century.

To assist in this process the Council would like to invite you to a public information session on either Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 10am, or Wednesday 12th September 2018 at 7pm at Dundonald International Ice Bowl, with a view to updating you on plans and to obtain your feedback.

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.



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