Flying Start for Portadown Teenage Summer Camp

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From left; Roisin McConville, EA Youth Service Area Officer; Chris Cousens, Head Coach; Connor Berry, St Marys; Cllr Declan McAlinden, Chair of Leisure and Community Services; Alana Cahoon, Seagoe Youth Group; Aoife Crawford, Seven Derrys and Matthew Matchett, YMCA at the launch of the T:BUC (Together Building United Communities) Summer Camp in Portadown People’s Park.

Young people aged 13 to 19 years had a ball on Friday evening in Portadown People’s Park at the launch of the ‘Together: Building a United Community’ (T:BUC) summer camp.

Around 120 teenagers signed up for the camp to enjoy a full range of fun activities including a BashBoard speed wall; soft archery challenge; inflatable darts; a range of ball games, and two spin bikes producing electricity for a 22ft inflatable cyclist and another making milkshakes! The programme is designed to help build positive relations and long lasting friendships among young people across all parts of the community.

Speaking at the launch on Friday, Councillor Declan McAlinden, Chair of the Leisure and Community Services Committee, commented,

“This summer camp is a great way of bringing diverse groups together, and it is wonderful to see young people building long-term relationships by getting to know each other and trying new experiences.

“Programmes like this help us continue to improve attitudes amongst our young people and to build a community where they can play a full and active role in building good relations.”

The summer camp is funded by the Executive Office in partnership with the Education Authority. Council is assisting in the programme, with the help of local youth groups – St Mary’s Youth Club, Maghery Youth Club, Portadown YMCA and Seagoe Youth Group.