Kids across Mid Ulster can now be signed up for an active summer with the release of a new programme of arts, crafts, sports and summer schemes running throughout June, July and August by Mid Ulster District Council.
Organised by the Council, it features more than 50 separate activities across the summer months right across the district in leisure centres, arts venues and sports arenas in Ballyronan, Cookstown, Dungannon, Magherafelt, Moneymore, Maghera and Tobermore.
The programme includes a range of sports and activities tailored at children and adults, including those with disabilities, as well as leisure-centre schemes where kids can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, along with arts and crafts and trips to attractions in the area. This year, many of the summer schemes also provide early drop off and supervised lunches for children attending.
Swimming, tennis, golf, canoeing, soccer, gaelic games, athletics, rugby, dance, golf and gymnastics, are all on offer in various venues.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton commented, “Whether it’s sunny or raining, our 2018 Summer Activities Programme offers a huge range of activities across the district that are guaranteed to keep children active and entertained both indoors and outdoors this July and August.
“Research indicates that inactive children are likely to become inactive adults, putting young people at risk of developing life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and cancer. This is why it's important to encourage exercise and keeping fit from a young age.
As places are limited for some of the schemes and many prove popular, I would recommend you book now to make sure that they don’t miss out.”
Regular exercise has lots of health benefits for children and young people, such as improving fitness; providing an opportunity to socialise; increasing concentration; improving academic scores; building a stronger heart, bones and healthier muscles ;encouraging healthy growth and development; improving self-esteem; improving posture and balance; lowering stress and encouraging a better night's sleep.
For more details of what’s on offer please visit www.midulstercouncil.org/summer, or call 028 8676 7135.