Fermanagh Lakeland Forum celebrates 40 years

Published: 19th May 2016

Fermanagh Lakeland Forum celebrates the 40th anniversary of its opening on Thursday 19th May 2016.

The leisure complex was officially opened on 19 May 1976 by the former rugby union footballer William J McBride M.B.E., better known as Willie John McBride. At the time it was a state of the art facility, with swimming pool and changing, a main hall for indoor sports and several activity rooms as well as a number of squash courts and outdoor football pitches.

Over the past four decades the Council continually refurbished and upgraded the complex to ensure that it provided high quality leisure facilities to meet the changing needs of the local community, with the most recent extensive refurbishment completed in 2010.

Over the last 5 years the fitness suite has been upgraded to offer the public a large, modern facility with over 100 pieces of equipment overlooking Lough Erne, while a new 3rd Generation all weather football pitch has been added which can facilitate Soccer Matches as well as training or recreational football.

At present Mowgli’s Den, the soft play area for age 6 and under, is being refurbished.

As the Forum celebrates its 40th anniversary, the 350,000 users of the complex each year can avail of a wide and varied range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities.

In the swimming pool activities range from Baby Splash which encourages water confidence for babies from 4 months old, to swimming classes including one to ones, group lessons, school swimming and Amateur Swimming Association Badges.

Other water based activities include Aqua Jog and Lifesaving classes including Rookie Lifeguard and National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

A comprehensive programme of fitness classes which are delivered at various times, from early morning to late evening, include indoor cycle, kettlebells, circuits, Boxfit, Rowfit, Senior Fitness, Yoga, Stretch and tone, Step aerobics, Cardio / Core.

To encourage fitness for local teenagers there is a successful Teen Fit programme for 13 – 16 year olds using the gym, as well as gymnastics, and soccer training.

New interests are catered for by external coaches in Ju Jitsu, Wrestling, Pilates and Martial Arts, while the Forum is also the venue for sociable community activities such as arts and crafts, bridge and tea dancing,

Commenting on the 40th anniversary of the Forum the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly said that the Council is committed to providing high quality leisure facilities for the district to support local people to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. “Fermanagh Lakeland Forum has been an important hub for leisure and recreation in Enniskillen and the surrounding area for four decades. It has a wonderful reputation for the range and quality of facilities and activities which it provides to all age groups and abilities. The dedication of the excellent team working at the Forum ensures that the many thousands of users achieve the maximum enjoyment, benefit and sporting success at the facility. I wish the Forum every success and continued growth into the future”, he added.

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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