Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and West Bann Development have teamed up with Radius Housing to deliver 2 weeks of outdoor summer sports weeks at Coleraine West Community Centre, from 5-9 July and 12-16 July 2021.
Covid restrictions have meant that the usual indoor summer sports weeks at Coleraine West could not take place this year. Rather than disappoint the young people of the Heights / Killowen area, the three organisations have come together to provide this much needed summer scheme for young people 8-13 years. This free summer scheme was open to all young people in the Coleraine area with an emphasis on developing respect and understanding.
Non-contact sports such as rounders, cricket, basketball and frisbee have been facilitated. Sports coaches have been coached to young people, safely, in socially distanced ‘bubbles. and six youth mentors aged 15-16 years have been involved in supporting the lead coaches to run out this programme of sports.
Speaking at the first day of the Summer Sports Weeks Melanie Rintoul, Senior Communities Officer with Radius Housing, said: “We are delighted to develop and financially support this much needed resource. The idea for plugging the gap in summer scheme provision came from discussions at our regular local advisory meetings which inform programmes of work in this area”
Rebecca Culbertson, Youth Worker with West Bann Development commented: “The summer scheme provides a much needed resource this summer. Our young people have missed out on so much over the past 16 months, it is great that they don’t have to miss out on their local summer scheme as well. Fresh air, sports and meeting new friends from different sides of the community, a great way to build confidence and understanding.”
Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes, who attended the first day of the summer scheme added “it is fantastic to see young people returning to sport. These camps have been a great success providing children with an active start to their summer break. Council, Radius Housing and West Bann Development recognise the value of working in partnership to provide activity programmes for young people.”
This programme has been funded through the Executive’s Together Building a United Community Strategy and programme for Government / ‘Housing for All’ Shared Housing programme.
Radius has shared housing developments across Northern Ireland. Inclusive Bridging events in the wider community encourage a range of good relations outcomes which involve health & wellbeing and education & training.