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Council sports camps to get kids active this summer!

07 June 2016

Kids across the district are counting down the days until the final school bell announces the official start of the summer holidays – and as parents brace themselves for eight weeks of time at home, help is at hand!

Derry City and Strabane District Council has just launched this year’s Everybody Active Summer Sports Camps programme with a fun-filled line-up of activities to keep children aged from 8-12 active and entertained over those long summer months.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said parents should check out what’s on offer at leisure facilities across the district. “The summer sports camps are a fantastic way to get kids active and involved in a range of healthy activities over the summer. I know it can be a real challenge for parents to find new ways of keeping children occupied when the schools are off.

“The schemes allow them to engage in a wide range of activities, make new friends and learn new skills. And it’s a fantastic and economic way to keep them away from the TV screens for a few hours a day. I would highly recommend checking out the programme, but make sure to sign up early as the places fill up quickly.”

The Everybody Active Summer Sports Camps are open to children aged between 8 and 12 years of age, and are fully supervised and led by qualified instructors who will teach the children new skills and encourage participation in sports, physical activity and arts based activities. The camps will take place at Templemore Sports Complex, Foyle Arena, Melvin Sports Complex and Derg Valley Leisure Centre, running from 9am to 3pm each day, and costing £30 for the five day schemes and £18 for the three day schemes running in Strabane.

Council Leisure and Sports Services Manager, Paul Tamati, said they were expecting huge demand for the sports camps. “The sports camps feature a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities designed to teach new skills, offer new experiences and promote health and well-being over the summer months.

“The five day camps will feature a wide variety of activities including Soccer, Athletics, Gaelic, Tag Rugby, Swimming, Football and Arts & Crafts amongst other. The Foyle Arena Camp will also include use of the state of the art Climbing Wall. There is always great demand for the Council’s summer activities so I would definitely advise parents to check out the information online now and see what’s on in their area.”

Registration will take place at each centre from the 6th June starting 9am, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To ensure successful registration parents must bring full payment, and proof of age - eg passport or birth certificate.

Full details on costs, times and activities on offer at each of the centres and information on how to register are available on the website www.derrystrabane.com

Or for further information please contact Ryan Porter on Tel: 028 71 253253 or any of our local leisure centres.