Little Witches and Warlocks compete for Olympic Gold

Young children having fun with the colourful parachute at the Hallowe'en Multi-Sports Fun Day, run by Derry City Council and held in St. Columb's Park. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
Young children having fun with the colourful parachute at the Hallowe'en Multi-Sports Fun Day, run by Derry City Council and held in St. Columb's Park. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

A series of Spooky Sports events are to be hosted by Derry City Council’s Sports Development Section to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hallowe’en Carnival.

The Hallowe’en Multi-Sports Fun Days are for 6 -11 year olds and will give children the opportunity to try out a whole host of sports activities and traditional Halloween games as part of festival celebrations.

The Multi Sports Fun Days are Olympic themed with a series of athletic events and mini competitions between all the children. The events feature a wide variety of sports including races, javelin, shot, hammer, judo, cricket, rugby, soccer and Gaelic.

Tommy McCallion, Sports Development Officer with Derry City Council, says: “We are aiming to make physical activity central to children’s entertainment and events.

“We have enjoyed much success to date combining physical activity with arts and cultural events and the response from parents has been great.

The festival gives us a great opportunity to showcase a diversity of activity and introduce new sports to young people with the hope that every child will have the opportunity to find an activity that will interest them and sport will become part of their lives from an early age.

The Multi Sports Fun Days will take place from 11am – 3pm on Saturday, October 29, and Monday, October 31, in St Columb’s Park Leisure Centre and on Monday, October 31, at Templemore Sports Complex

Monday is dress up day where instructors and children can make the most of their Halloween costumes and you might just see a Pumpkin or a Witch win Olympic Gold!

Tommy McCallion: “Children are often restless on Hallowe’en day and excited about getting dressed up. There’s a great atmosphere at the Spooky Sports days and they’re a great and healthy way to entertain the children during the day.

“Everyone is welcome and I would advise parents to book early to avoid any disappointment.”

Admission to Spooky Sports is £2 and includes lunch. Booking is essential and parents are advised to book early.

To book or for further information on sports activities please call: 71. 361566.

To view full details of the Halloween programme click on: www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween, contact the Festivals Office directly on: 71. 376545 for further information or follow us on Facebook.