Council bringing back Kids Club this weekend

Boxercise which was one of the activities during Derry City Council's annual Sports Camp at Templemore. Picture Martin McKeown. 20.8.14

Boxercise which was one of the activities during Derry City Council's annual Sports Camp at Templemore. Picture Martin McKeown. 20.8.14

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A weekend Kids Club programme will get off the ground in the city this weekend with hundreds of children expected to get involved in a range of activities.

Starting this Saturday, February 7, Derry City Council’s Leisure and Sports Department will begin an eight-week activity programme aimed at primary school children between the ages of six and 12.

Local children cycling as part of Derry's last Kids Club.

Local children cycling as part of Derry's last Kids Club.

The programme will feature a wide range of sporting and outdoor activities including soccer, Gaelic games, swimming, dodgeball, cycling and judo. The cost per child for the eight weeks is £25.

The scheme will be based at Templemore Sports Complex from 9.30am to 11.30am for the next eight weeks.

Registration for places will begin this Wednesday at Templemore Sports Complex.

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson welcomed the launch of the new scheme saying: “I am delighted to see the return of the Kids Club following on from the success of Derry City Council’s last summer scheme.

“I know that there was huge demand for places, and it’s the perfect way to get youngsters fit and active while teaching them a wide range of new sporting skills.

“While there are the obvious fitness benefits, these clubs also build confidence, social skills and promote general well-being, so I would really encourage local parents to consider sending their children along, and start their weekend with a session of fitness and fun.”

Speaking ahead of the first session this Saturday, Thomas McCallion, Sports Development Officer with Derry City Council said: “Council is focused on the provision of activities and programmes that meet the needs of our young children, and the club will provide fun and challenging activities enabling them to improve their physical literacy skills but also most importantly their physical health and development.

“I’m excited at the prospect of these new programmes and the many services being developed in our leisure centres and the soon to open Foyle Arena.

“We will be expanding the provision of kids clubs and much more in all our centres and 2015 is set to be a great year as we make the transition into our new council.”

Organisers said the two-hour Saturday sessions will be packed with energetic fun delivered in a secure, friendly and supportive environment by a team of specially trained staff.

The eight week programme will only cost £25 and is payable when registering a child at reception within the Centre. Places are limited and early registration is advised.

Registration forms for the Kids Club will be available from Templemore Sports from Wednesday 4th February. Full payment must be paid when registering to secure a place.

For further information contact Templemore Sports Complex on 02871 289200.