Derry City and Strabane District Council have launched an exciting programme of sports camps to get local youngsters out of the house and active at their leisure facilities during the school holidays.
The initiative aims to provide a varied and affordable programme for local young people aged between 4 and 18 and includes swimming lessons, lifesaving courses, junior wall climbing and multi sports skills camps.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, encouraged local parents and young people to take advantage of the wide range of activities on offer.
“I am delighted to launch the 2017 Sports Camps programme which offers a wide range of options to keep our young people engaged this summer,” she said.
“I would encourage parents to have a look at the wide range of activities and venues available across the City and District on Council’s website to find out how they can register their youngsters to get out and active.
“The schemes are a great way for them to learn new skills, make new friends and reap the health benefits of regular physical activity.”
One of the main elements of the programme are the Everybody Active (EBA) Summer Sports Camps which are open to children aged between 8 and 12 and will be hosted for four weeks in July.
The EBA camps will take place five days a week at Templemore Sports Complex and the Foyle Arena and three days a week at the Melvin Sports Complex running from 9am to 3pm each day.
They feature a range of sporting and physical activities including football, gymnastics, hockey, gaelic, rugby, swimming, arts and crafts and the cost is £30 for five days and £15 for the three day scheme.
For younger children a Multi-Skills Camp for 6 – 8 year olds will be hosted at Brooke Park, Foyle Arena and the Melvin Centre for two weeks in mid August featuring a range of activities aimed at developing the ABC’s of sport and fundamental movement skills.
The Climbing Wall Camp at Foyle Arena and Lifesaving Courses at City Baths are more targeted at teenagers while children as young as four can avail of intensive swimming lessons.
All the camps 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.
Sport Development Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council Ryan Porter urged people to register early for the camps to avoid disappointment.
“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,” he said
“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.”
Registrations for EBA Camps and Multi-Skills open Thursday 25th May at 5pm and Swimming lessons registration opens Thursday 1st June 10am with places allocated on a first come, first served basis.
To ensure successful registration parents must bring full payment, and proof of age – e.g. 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/leisure. Check out the full programme here