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Futsal Summer Camp For Children And Young People

Coach-led Futsal Summer camps for children and young people aged 10 – 12 years will take place in Omagh this summer as part of the EU’s PEACE IV Cross Community / Cross Border Youth Sports Programme.

The free futsal camps, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Omagh Futsal Club, will take place at Omagh Leisure Complex from Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August and from Monday 6 August -Friday 10 August 2018 and will run from 10 am – 1pm each day.

The camps will provide opportunities for children and young people to take part in sport while forming new and positive friendships with young people from different backgrounds and traditions.

Futsal Summer Camp

Speaking about the forthcoming summer camp, the Chairman of the PEACE IV Partnership, Councillor Sean Clarke, said:

“Groups participating in the Peace IV Cross Community Cross Border Youth Sports Programme are already delivering tangible benefits to their communities. It is envisaged that the Youth Sports Programme will enhance these benefits, through the establishment of new sports clubs; capacity building; skills development and cross-community/cross-border sporting events, encouraging young people to make a positive contribution to building a shared and inclusive society.

The programme is an opportunity for the groups involved to connect with and learn from each other, promote their community to new members whilst at the same time offering a wealth of health and recreational benefits.”
Places on the programme are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Find Out More

For further information and to register on the programme, please contact Ryan Hanna, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council by telephone on 0300 303 1777 (all calls charged at local rate), textphone on 028 8225 6216, by email at ryan.hanna@fermanaghomagh.com or visit here.

This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

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Cuilcagh Boardwalk Pre-Booking System is a Summer Success

The car park pre-booking system, which launched in June of this year, has welcomed almost 5,000 bookings in three months.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk’s official car park has received almost 5,000 bookings within three months of launching its online booking system, theboardwalk.ie.

The booking system was created earlier this year with the aim of facilitating more effective crowd management and social distancing regulations, controlling numbers during the peak season and ensuring the safety of all staff and visitors.

With hopes of also fostering sustainable, green tourism at the popular Fermanagh landmark, the limited visitor numbers better enable the protection of the grounds and surrounding habitat by controlling the heavy footfall often experienced at the Instagram-worthy attraction. This was the original cause that led to the original construction of the boardwalk by UNESCO-endorsed Cuilcagh Lakeland Geopark, with the paths meandering through one of the largest blanket bogs in Northern Ireland.

The online bookings have come from all across the island of Ireland as people have enjoyed staycations, bank holidays and two unprecedented heatwaves this summer. While the initiative has received initial success, the bookings only represent a small percentage of walkers currently visiting the boardwalk each day and the mountain trail aims to see more visitors doing their part and pre-booking their car parking space in the months ahead.

Speaking on the success of the online system to date, local farmer, Cuilcagh landowner and car park operator, John Sheridan commented:

“This online system marked an important first step in the long-term redevelopment plans for Cuilcagh Boardwalk, and the number of online bookings to date indicates that we are successfully engaging with and encouraging walkers to be more environmentally conscious during their visit.

With that said, our work is not done. We want to encourage 100% visitors to pre-book their car parking space, so that we can safely control numbers on the boardwalk each day and reduce the impact of high-volume visitor traffic.”

Cuilcagh Boardwalk is also now part of the national Leave No Trace education programme, which focuses on developing a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage by minimising the environmental and social impacts of tourism on some of the country’s most popular visitor attractions.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk’s online car park booking system comes as part of early development plans for the mountain trail and is determined to remain a sustainable, environmentally mindful area for all to enjoy.

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Wild About the Workhouse Wildlife Walks in Enniskillen

Did you know there are eight species of bats in Northern Ireland or that swifts, on leaving their nest for the first time, are airborne for 2-3 years before they land for the first time!

Would you like to learn more about bats, swifts and local wildlife in Enniskillen?

If so, registration is now open to join a ‘Wild About the Workhouse’ guided walk taking place around Enniskillen on Friday 2 July and Friday 23 July 2021 at 8.30 pm.

These walks, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, are part of the Enniskillen Workhouse Project in partnership with South West College with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Enniskillen Workhouse is currently home to swifts during the spring and summer months and bats potentially all year round.

Nesting swifts and bats are both protected species, therefore, as part of the restoration of the workhouse to create a business enterprise and heritage hub, the Council is protecting and enhancing the nesting and roosting spaces that are there by following specialist guidance on construction timings, building advice and appropriate mitigation.

The walks will be on footpaths and walkways around Enniskillen town at night taking in Enniskillen Castle and Fermanagh Lakeland Forum.

To find out more and book your place on a ‘Wild About the Workhouse’ guided walk, please email biodiversity@fermanaghomagh.com

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis as numbers are restricted to 15 per walk.

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