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Education Programmes Promoting Excellence In Sport Launched

Pictured at the What's Your Game Club and Coach Education Programme are from left: Michael Cook, Sport NI, Councillor Howard Thornton, Chairman, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Billie-Jo Irwin, Leisure Recreation and Sport Officer, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

A sports education initiative aimed at promoting excellence in local sports, was launched recently by the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cllr Howard Thornton.

The ‘What’s Your Game?’ Club and Coach Education Programme, delivered and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, provides opportunities for those involved in sport in the district to gain coach education.

What’s Your Game?

Speaking at the launch of the ‘What’s Your Game?’ programme, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, said

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council acknowledges and appreciates the huge contribution made by the many clubs, coaches, leaders and teachers to supporting and developing athletes throughout the district across a diverse range of sports and it is delighted to support their development and continuous improvement by investing in the ‘What’s Your Game?’ programme.

This initiative is a wonderful opportunity for all those involved in sport to avail of high quality sports training and coaching at a reduced cost and I would urge Clubs and organisations to encourage their coaches to avail of this excellent opportunity.”

Clubs and organisations can also apply to the Council for financial assistance to attend the courses via the Council’s Every Body Active grant aid programme, helping to further reduce the cost of participation and ensuring as many people as possible can benefit from the programme. In order to be eligible for coach education costs, the club and coach attending the course must deliver a programme that is additional to the training already provided.

Expert Tuition

Courses available on the ‘What’s Your Game?’ Club and Coach Education Programme are also beneficial to junior sports clubs in helping them to achieve Clubmark NI status – a recognised standard which demonstrates a club has achieved a level of quality in the areas of management, coaching and safety.

The ‘What’s Your Game’ programme also includes a range of expert tuition focussing on such areas as skills development for teams and movement masterclasses to help develop young athletes keen to improve their personal performance. Being able to offer such expert coaching has the added bonus of attracting new members to clubs. These masterclasses will be delivered in partnership with the North West Coaching Network.

Get In The Game

For further information on the ‘What’s Your Game?’ programme or to download an application form please visit the Fermanagh and Omagh Council website.

Application forms are also available at reception at Omagh Leisure Complex, The Grange and the Connect Centre, Omagh; Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and the Townhall, Enniskillen; Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea, and the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown. Alternatively contact Billie-Jo Irwin, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email billie-jo.irwin@fermanaghomagh.com.

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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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