Summer has officially arrived with the launch of a six-week physical activity programme designed to get children and adults across the borough exercising more outdoors.
Delivered by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in partnership with Sport NI, the jam-packed programme will commence on Monday 6 July and run until Friday 21 August 2020.
Viewing the programme launch as a positive sign that council services are gradually returning to normal, Lord Mayor Councillor Kevin Savage said:
“Even with social distancing measures still a necessary requirement, I’m delighted that we can play our part in supporting local communities to enjoy physical activity in a safe way.
The health benefits of taking part in regular physical activity are well documented, as it can help to improve physical health, boost mental health, help maintain a healthy weight and manage stress.
After spending three months in lockdown, our summer activity programme is exactly what is needed to motivate children and adults into making exercise part of their daily routine again.”
Over the six weeks, some 430 children aged 6 to 12 will be able to take part in daily physical activity sessions running every Monday to Friday.
There will be a different activity each week, starting with football skills followed by dance and then fundamental movement skills throughout July and then the same activities will be repeated in August.
Sessions will be held in Armagh, Banbridge, Dromore, Keady, Kinallen, Lurgan, Portadown, Richhill and Tandragee.
In line with social distancing guidance, numbers per session will be limited to 8. These activities have been supported by Sport NI’s National Lottery funded programme Every Body Active 2020. Each session will last an hour and cost £1.
There are also opportunities for adults to participate in dance sessions in Craigavon and Portadown as well as Couch to 5K (C25K) sessions in Lurgan. Families are also being catered for with tennis sessions running in Portadown.
Free ‘Let The Games Begin’ multi-sports sessions for some 320 children aged 8 to 11 will be delivered at a number of parks and open spaces in Portadown, Lurgan and Craigavon. Starting on Wednesday 8 July, they will run Wednesdays to Fridays for 4 weeks. These sessions, which will take the form of sports skills and sports day games, will last 45 minutes. These sessions have been funded by the Department for Communities’ Neighbourhood Renewal programme.
For bookings and to view the full programme of activities available, go to www.getactiveabc.com/outdoors