Banbridge District offers a wealth of leisure pursuits and sport activities for every sports enthusiast. Whether your interests lie within the indoor or outdoor arena we have a wide range of high quality pitches, playing fields and leisure facilities to choose from. The area also has a wide selection of park, play areas and open spaces for those who like less strenuous exercising or just want to soak up some sun.
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Leisure & Community Facilities
The former Banbridge District area has four leisure and community centres in Banbridge, Dromore, Rathfriland and Gilford. Banbridge Leisure Centre compares very favourably with the top leisure centres across the province. The area’s other leisure facilities, Dromore, Rathfriland and Gilford Community Centres, also are of a high standard and offer a wide range of leisure and sports activities to the local communities living within these areas.
Banbridge Leisure Centre
Opened in September 2001, Banbridge Leisure Centre is an ultra modern leisure facility designed to offer a wide range of leisure and sport activities for the whole community. Recognised as being among the top leisure facilities in the province, it has something to suit all ages and interests. With a comprehensive programme of classes and excellent facilities, it is the ideal venue for those who want to get fit or for families who would like a fun day out.
Rathfriland Community Centre
Rathfriland Community Centre prides itself on its top-class facilities offered to customers young and old, including a fitness suite, sports hall and artificial pitch. Rathfriland Community Centre is complimented by Rathfriland Bowling Green which has 6 grass bowling rinks and a modern pavilion. Rathfriland Community Centre was built by Rathfriland District and Regeneration Committee in 1998, Banbridge District Council took over the running of the community centre in January 2000. Regular users are encouraged to join the Leisure Pass scheme for discounted prices, concessions and priority booking of activities.
Dromore Community Centre
Dromore Community Centre is a quality leisure facility located in Dromore, County Down. Opened in 1993 the centre is Quest Accredited (a UK industry quality assurance bench marked standard.) Dromore Leisure provides leisure and sporting facilities and activities that are at the heart of the community. Our diverse range of innovative programme has been clearly tailored to promote community engagement, social interaction and healthy lifestyles.
Gilford Community Centre
The much anticipated Gilford Community Centre opened in April 2012, providing the local community with an ultra-modern, multi-purpose sports facility including main hall, fitness suite, committee rooms and performing arts venue fit for the 21st century. The centre is Quest Accredited (a UK industry quality assurance bench marked standard) and also caters for children’s Birthday Parties, a wide range of arts, crafts and fitness classes including the venue for the Banbridge District Badminton Club. Outdoor facilities include a 115 metre Kayak Slalom Course on the River Bann, only the second of its kind in Northern Ireland. In March 2015 we opened a state-of-the-art indoor Climbing Wall facility suitable for ages 4 and up.
Parks & Play areas
The district’s many park and play areas are the ideal place to visit if you would like to take a stroll, enjoy some fresh air, walk your dog or have fun with the family. At some locations you can even feed the ducks or swans. So why not pack a picnic and head to one of our local outdoor beauty spots.
At the heart of Banbridge Town lies Solitude Park offering picturesque walks by the River Bann, an outdoor amphitheatre, a large children’s play area, urban dance zone, ornamental gardens and a selection of public artworks. The park is also the location for a new open air gym.
Huntly Wood is a natural haven, an approx. 9.92 acre mature beech woodland, sited on steep wooded banks between the Huntly Road and the River Bann, Banbridge. The Council manages the site for nature conservation and amenity. The site is a haven for wildlife such as bats and otters. There is an approx. 0.79 mile circular walk around the site and car parking off the Huntly Road, opposite Banbridge Golf Club. Paths can be uneven and muddy.
Located on the edge of the historic town, Dromore Town Park offers delightful walks by the River Lagan, a favourite haunt for local wildlife. The park also plays host to many free events throughout the year including family fun days, teddy bears picnics and open air cinema screenings.
Loughbrickland Park is situated in the charming village of Loughbrickland. Boasting an excellent play area for children plus wonderful wooded walks and picnic facilities, this a wonderful spot for the whole family to spend some quality time together.
Scarva Park set in the picturesque village of Scarva is an attractive area containing a small pond, and children’s play area. The village is also home to Scarva Visitor Centre and the adjoining Tea Rooms. The area also offers a selection of delightful walks including the Newry Canal Towpath.
Woodlands Park in Gilford is sited at the rear of the former Gilford Mill. This tranquil haven provides a small child’s play facility and grass sports pitch all enhanced by a variety of mature trees.
Stramore Park, Gilford, is located next to the River Bann and offers a wide range of in-door and outdoor leisure opportunities. Gilford Community Centre is located in the park and facilities here include an indoor climbing wall and gym. Amenities in the park include a short circular walking and cycling trail with 8 outdoor fitness stations, 2 sets of canoe steps, flat water canoe slalom, pump track and picnic tables.
Corbet Lough on the outskirts of Banbridge town has much to offer anglers, tourists and locals alike. With newly updated fishing facilities and a play area for children, this is the perfect location to witness a whole host of natural wildlife amidst beautiful scenery.
The council is responsible for a number of smaller play areas located within housing developments throughout the former Banbridge District area.
These are located in the following areas:
- Lissize Park (Rathfriland)
- Ashfield (Dromore)
- Locard Park (Tullylish)
- Maglion Terrace (Ballygowan Road)
- Cline Road (Banbridge)
- Huntly Road (Banbridge)
- Kane Terrace (Kinallen)
- McCandless Terrace (Dromore)
- Fairview (Dromore)
- Millstone Close (Ballyward)
- Hillside Crescent (Lenaderg)
- Mossvale (Dromore)
- Holm Park (Dromore)
- Mourneview (Moneyslane)
- Knock (Rathfriland)
- Woodlands Park (Gilford)
- Castleview Play Park (Gilford)
- Laurencetown Play Park
The former Banbridge District area has a wide range of high quality playing fields with pitches suitable for all types of sports, including soccer, hockey, bowling and rugby.
Cheney Park (Banbridge)
This playing field has a senior grass pitch and changing unit.
Crystal Park (Banbridge)
Senior grass pitch that is home to Banbridge Town Football Club who provide clubhouse facilities.
Ferris Park (Dromore)
This sports complex has extensive facilities, including a full-sized, sand-based hockey pitch with flood lights, two flood-lit tennis courts, a grass football pitch and a changing pavilion. The pavilion also houses a committee room and has extensive car parking facilities.
King George V Playing Fields (Banbridge)
This sports complex contains a bowling green, 3 synthetic tennis courts (2 floodlit) and a top quality pavilion. It is home to Banbridge Mens and Ladies Bowling Clubs and Banbridge Tennis Club. The Pavilion boasts a large multi-functional area, which is used to accommodate indoor bowling, seminars, group meetings, dances and exhibitions.
Havelock Park (Banbridge)
This park offers a top quality floodlit synthetic pitch, senior and junior soccer pitches and a synthetic athletics training track. It has a 900m pathway around the perimeter of the development, which is extremely popular for walking and jogging. It has an excellent pavilion and changing block. Banbridge Hockey Club is now based within Havelock Park with their club house sitting alongside the Park’s pavilion.
Holm Park (Dromore)
Situated one mile from the centre of Dromore, the Holm Park complex includes Dromore Community Centre. The Park has 2 soccer pitches, 2 floodlit synthetic tennis courts, a bowling green and 2 changing units.
Woodlands Park (Gilford)
This park has a senior grass pitch and changing unit. It also has an outdoor basketball court.
Rathfriland Bowling Pavilion
This bowling complex provides a bowling green and pavilion with plentiful parking and disabled accessible.
This park has a senior grass pitch and changing unit.
All playing fields and pitch facilities can be booked by contacting the Leisure Services Department.
T: 028 4066 0605
F: 028 4066 0601
Banbridge District Sports Association (BDSA)
The BDSA is a grant aided voluntary body that was established by the Council in 1987. It comprises of representatives from local sports organisations, clubs, schools and individuals plus councillors and council officers. Its aims are to:
Promote and develop sports participation within the Banbridge District.
Assess the sporting need within the Banbridge District and to advise on and help with addressing those needs.
It has a key role to play in developing sporting opportunities in the District. All sporting/ recreational organisations, clubs and individuals operating within the District may apply to become affiliated members.
- Affiliation Form Talented Athlete
- Affiliation Form Club
- Application Form for Individuals
- Application Form Clubs
- Sport Grant Aid Scheme
Members of the BDSA meet on average once a month at 7.30pm in Banbridge Hockey Club, Havelock Park, Banbridge.
Gillian Dewart, Honorary Secretary
C/o Sports Development, Banbridge Civic Building, Downshire Road, Banbridge, Co. Down BT32 3JY
T: 028 4066 0637
F: 028 4066 0601
The vision of the council’s Sports Development Service is ‘to deliver services and work in partnership to improve the levels and frequency of participation in sport and physical recreation and thus the health, well-being and quality of life of our citizens’.
The service works in partnership with:
- Banbridge District Sports Association (BDSA)
- Southern Sports Partnership (SSP)
- Southern Education and Library Board
- Sport Northern Ireland
The key responsibilities of providing a quality sports development service include:
- Implementing the Banbridge District Sport and Physical Recreation Strategy 2012-2017
- Assisting with the development of new facilities
- Organising, co-ordinating and promoting sports and physical activity courses for young people (Easter & Summer Activity Programme) (Wildcats Programme, Oct – Mar)
- Organising in conjunction with the SSP an annual Coach Education Programme which runs annually from November to March
- Organising the annual Senior (in March) and Junior (in September) Sports Awards
- Supporting clubs, coaches and athletes through the provision of grants through either those offered by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, and Banbridge District Sports Association
- Developing and maintaining a Sport Directory and database of local clubs and coaches in the district
- Supporting and promoting the Active Communities Programme
- Assisting clubs in their development including assisting with the establish of new clubs or new sections within a club; providing guidance and support on funding opportunities and promoting and assisting clubs to achieve Clubmark NI
Gillian Dewart – Sports Development Officer
Sports Development Department
Banbridge Civic Building, Downshire Road, Banbridge, Co. Down BT32 3JY
T: 028 4066 0637
F: 028 4066 0601
No matter what your sports interests are, the Borough will have a club which you can join in order to pursue your favourite sports activity.
For information on registered Sports Clubs in the District please visit: Sports Directory
Please note: all information is provided by the sports clubs and Banbridge District Council cannot take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information.
If you would like to add details of your club or if the details for your club need to be amended please complete the Sports Directory Application Form and return