Summer Scheme success for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Monday 2 October 2017
Summer schemes in Mid and East Antrim are celebrating record uptake with more than 14,000 children attending events across the Borough.
During July and August 2017, Council’s Sports Development team delivered a diverse Summer Fun Programme in collaboration with local organisations and clubs.
14,509 children attended schemes in Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus. This is 3,837 more than in 2016.
The Summer Fun Programme provided young people with the choice of a diverse range of activities at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena, the Carrickfergus Amphitheatre Wellness Centre and Larne Leisure Centre.
Activities on offer this year included many sports camps, swimming, dance, teambuilding, good relations, arts, drama and environmental awareness including bird box building.
Another highlight of the programme was the provision of disability sports camps in Ballymena and Larne. These were a great success for participants and parents and Council will be looking to develop these next year subject to capacity.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Paul Reid said, “This success really is testament to all the hard work from Council staff over the summer months. I’m delighted to see such support from our citizens for these schemes and hope it continues into another successful summer period next year.
“I’m pleased that our Borough has been able to provide such a diverse range of activities and events for our children to enjoy, meet new friends, learn new skills and become more active.
“I feel passionately about encouraging people to become involved in sport and as a council we consistently promote and develop all types of sporting and fitness activities. Building healthier communities is a key priority for council and what better way to show we’re on track than looking at the figures from a successful summer programme full of activities.”
21 clubs and community groups worked in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to deliver the summer programmes.