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It's that time of the year again when the children soon leave school for the summer holidays and Newry and Mourne District Council in partnership with local clubs, groups, community associations, national governing bodies and Active Community Coaches have just  launched its 2014 Summer Sports Camp at Kilbroney Forest Park.

Kilbroney Forest Park is the location again for the 2014 Summer Sports Programme.
Kilbroney Forest Park is the location again for the 2014 Summer Sports Programme.

It is bigger and more varied than ever before, which means the Sports Development Committee has again increased what is arguably the largest participatory summer coaching scheme in Northern Ireland. 

55 courses, 23 sports and an expected 5000 young people will attend the coaching schemes right across the district. The new and exciting addition to the Programme this year is Disc Golf or Frisbee Golf. This is our first scheme that is aimed at families as well as individuals. Mr Garry Parr from Disc Golf NI thanked the Council not only for including and promoting his sport, but for the use of Kilbroney Forest Park which is an ideal venue for the scheme and a major Council facility. 

The Summer Schemes are open to young people from Newry and Mourne and start from Monday 30th June. They include; Angling, Basketball, Camogie, Curragh Boating, Gaelic Football, Golf, Disc Golf, Hockey, Hurling, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Education, Soccer, Street Dance Drama, Irish dancing, Dedicated Special Needs Summer Schemes, Special Needs and advanced Kayaking, and Tennis. All schemes are for boys and girls of all abilities and are set at affordable rates.  

Mr Hugh Murphy, Chairperson of the Newry and Mourne District Council Sports Development Committee, took this opportunity to wish all who take part in the programme an enjoyable, active, and safe summer.   

Mrs Ciara Lowe said she was looking forward to the summer of sport ahead with the Mountain Bike Championships on the 19th and 20th July in Kilbroney, the International Curragh Championships due to be hosted in Warrenpoint on the 15th, 16th  and 17th August and the Water Festival to be held at the Albert Basin on the 30th and 31st August. The water festival is a joint project between Dromalane / Quayside Close Community Association and the Council where young people can enjoy Kayaking, Banana Boating, Canoeing and Currachs in the water just in front of the Quays Shopping Centre.  She hoped that by having these and other minority sports included in the Council’s Summer Scheme Programme that this would encourage young people to participate in new challenges.

The Mayor, Cllr. Mickey Ruane congratulated the Sports Development Committee, Mrs Ciara Lowe, Mr Dermot Russell and all the Sports Clubs and Coaches involved in putting this wonderful programme together. He hoped that it would be the start of a lifetime of sport for all the young people who participate and in particular he welcomed the challenge of new sports such as Disc Golf.

For more information or booking contact 028 30313264 or check us out on   Leisure and Culture, Sports Development

NMDC Summer Scheme bookings open on Monday 9th June, 9.30am for all other bookings check brochure and web site.


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