Economic Development Strategy

El Capiten Project

We are delighted to confirm that Council are part of an EU funded Atlantic Area Programme initiative called El CAPITEN. This project involves 19 partners across the UK, Ireland, Spain, France and the Canary Islands and is focused on the promotion of water-based activities such as; sailing, canoeing, paddle boarding, wind surfing to name but a few.

We are so fortunate to have such a stunning coastline and access to major rivers such as the Bann, which allow us to get out and be active. So be prepared for some new activities across our coastline and on our rivers for 2019!

Beach Bonanza 2018 activitiesThe El CAPITEN project funding will be used to support additional activities as part of the 2019 Big Splash Festival (#BigSplash2019), in addition to running three Beach Bonanza! events during the summer, where there will be opportunities to get on the water. The Beach Bonanza! events will include Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Sea Kayaking and other beach based activities. All of these activities will be free of charge but must be booked in advance (booking details to be announced). In the interim get these dates in your diary:

Carnlough – Sunday 23 June (11am – 3pm)
Glenarm – Sunday 21 July (10am – 2pm)
Ballygalley – Sunday 11 August (12 noon – 4pm)

Portglenone MarinaEnhancements at our Marina Facilities

As part of the El CAPITEN project, Council shall also be investing in the installation of WIFI at Portglenone and installing a disability hoist at Glenarm marina, so that we are able to facilitate the needs of a greater number of residents and tourists.

Additionally, we shall be very shortly issuing a survey to marina users and to the local business community to try and ascertain what we can improve upon and how we can work together to enhance the growth of marine based tourism across the Borough.

Private Sector Opportunities

The El CAPITEN project team are also eager to work in conjunction with the private sector to develop new tourism products. Potential activities which funding could be used to promote in conjunction with private sector operators, are extensive and could include the following:

Half day and full day packages could be created which would offer the visitor an opportunity to sight see, enjoy local hospitality, experience activities and also get on the water. For example:

  • Breakfast in local café
  • 2-hour clay pigeon shooting or walking tour
  • Followed by boat trip / sailing lesson / wind surfing etc.
  • Lunch in local hotel

Anyone interested in learning more about the El CAPITEN project should contact Ms. Pat Mulvenna via E: or call on T: 028 2563 3365.

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