Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Summer Recreation Programme returns this July and August with a series of sports camps for young people.
Organised by the Sport and Wellbeing team, the camps for children ages 5 to 16 will take place from July 5th until August 20th at venues throughout the Borough.
Council have partnered with governing bodies including the Irish Football Association, Ulster Hockey, Swim Ulster, Netball NI and local clubs to offer a huge array of popular sports including, athletics, golf, football, tennis, bowls, judo, hockey and gymnastics.
New this summer is a Beach to Buoy Open Water Swimming course in Portballintrae, Girls Football Camp and Inclusive Cycle Days for families.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes said: “We’re delighted to see the return of these fantastic opportunities for young people, which will encourage them to get out and get active this summer.
“This year there is a great variety of activities on offer and with a focus on inclusivity, health and wellbeing, our young people can enjoy expert sports coaching during the school holidays.
“The camps are available on a first come first served basis and are expected to be very popular, so I recommend booking early to avoid missing out.”
Booking will be available online from Friday 18th June, or you can choose to book via telephone (online booking is preferred).
Coleraine Leisure Centre 028 7034 7202.
Roe Valley Leisure Centre 028 7776 4009.
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre 028 2766 0260.
Course costs vary and all details can be found on the online Coaching Calendar, while brochures will also be available from Thursday 17th June 2021 at Coleraine Leisure Centre, Roe Valley Leisure Centre Limavady, Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre Ballymoney and Sheskburn Recreation Centre, Ballycastle.
Positive Impact of Good Relations Projects
The Executive’s commitment towards the delivery of good relations projects in 2021/22 is another key step towards building a united and shared society, Ministers have said.
First Minister Paul Givan and Education Minister Michelle McIlveen were speaking in Limavady during a visit to a T:BUC Camp being delivered by Roe Valley Residents Association. There they saw first-hand how the Executive’s Together: Building a United Community Strategy is actively bringing young people from different backgrounds and traditions together.
First Minister Paul Givan said: “The amazing work of initiatives such as the T:BUC Camp delivered by Roe Valley Residents Association is an example of how T:BUC funding is helping to engender real and lasting societal change.
“The T:BUC Camps Programme is inspiring. It is a great example of the incredible good relations work that is helping to bring about positive change across so many communities here.
“The Camps Programme is a key headline action of the T:BUC Strategy and reflects the Executive’s ongoing commitment to ending division and improving community relations. The camps bring people of different backgrounds and traditions together for shared activities. This not only breaks down barriers in the present, but has a profound and lasting impact in creating a better future.
“This effort plays a key role in helping us continue the journey towards creating a more united and shared society.”
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “The amazing work being carried out through the T:BUC Camps programme and across the wider T:BUC Strategy is helping to bring people from different cultural traditions together and engender real and lasting societal change.
“The Executive is committed to the good relations journey and to continuing to support projects working towards our goal of creating a truly equal and shared society where everyone can live together, free from intolerance, discrimination and prejudice.”
Education Minister Michelle McIlveen added: “The T:BUC Camps programme is an important initiative which demonstrates what can be achieved through a joined up approach involving The Executive Office, the Department of Education and the Education Authority, bringing together young people from different community backgrounds.
“For some young people a T:BUC Camp can be the first opportunity to come together on a cross-community basis to meet people they may not otherwise do. It is an opportunity to take part in an exciting programme as well as making new friends.
“I hope there are some young people here today who will want to build on the experience gained in their involvement in the T:BUC camps programme and I would encourage that very much.”
Council and PSNI Make Joint Appeal Over Removal of River Bann Lifesaving Aids
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and the PSNI have issued a joint appeal following the sustained deliberate removal of lifesaving equipment along the River Bann.
The situation came to a head last week, when 11 individual lifelines were taken, leaving no emergency aids in place from the Old Bridge at Christie Park to the Cutts at Castleroe.
Throwlines and buoyancy aids can make the difference between life and death, and there is a growing concern that a tragedy will occur if this type of mindless behaviour continues.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes, said: “This vital equipment is provided for the simple purpose of keeping people safe, and it is beyond belief that it would be removed or destroyed.
“To take all 11 lifelines, leaving a long stretch of riverbank without emergency equipment, is a disgrace and we cannot allow this to continue.
“To those behind this – it must stop before it’s too late. An emergency can arise at any time. It could be your friend or family member in need and this equipment could save their live.
“To anyone who witnesses such irresponsible behaviour please make sure to report it immediately and help us address this grave situation.”
Supporting the Mayor’s comments, Sergeant Clare Sweeney said: “It defies belief that people are willing to put the lives of others at risk through such reckless action.
We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the lines being taken or saw anything suspicious in the area earlier this week to contact us on 101 quoting reference 537 of June 25th. A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.