Council launches spring inclusive leisure programme

Published: 12th April 2017

A 12-week inclusive leisure programme will take place at a number of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s leisure centres this spring.

The free programme, which will include a variety of low impact sports and activities, is funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and has been organised by the Council to help more people in the district lead more active lifestyles.

Sports and activities on offer will include Chi-Me which involves controlled breathing and relaxation with slow, gentle movements; kurling – a form of the original curling game that is played indoors; and boccia – a game similar to bowls and pétanque. All activities on the inclusive leisure programme are suitable for people with limited mobility and can be played or undertaken in a seated or standing position.

The inclusive leisure programme will start at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen on Thursday 13 April 2017 at 1.45pm; the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown on Monday 24 April 2017 at 11.30am; Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 10.30 and Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 2.30pm. All sessions will last for one hour.

Speaking about the forthcoming inclusive leisure programme, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said;

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council recognises the benefits of leading an active lifestyle and is delighted to work in partnership with the PHA to provide this opportunity to our residents.

The inclusive leisure programme has been specifically designed to help people who have limited mobility or who find taking exercise difficult get active to promote positive health and well-being.

“Colette Brolly, the PHA lead on physical activity, said:

“Participation in physical activity, sport and exercise is great for both body and mind. It helps maintain a healthy weight and protect against heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. Physical activity also helps with our sleep patterns and can improve our mental health by reducing stress.

“These leisure programmes are a great way to get active. It is hoped that they will influence behaviour changes in those who don’t currently take part in physical activity. They are free, easy to use and are easily accessible on the doorstep of local communities.”

The 12-week inclusive leisure programme is suitable for people aged 18 years and over. Participation is free however place are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information and to register, please visit Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s website at www.fermanaghomagh.com or telephone Chris Elliott, on 0300 303 1777.

For further information on the best ways to get active and also advice on healthy eating and setting targets for getting healthier visit the PHA’s website www.choosetolivebetter.com.

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