To celebrate the fact that the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) are taking place in Belfast in August, Emergency Eddie, the WPFG mascot, will be visiting all 10 schemes over the summer.
The schemes will run for five to six weeks depending on the centre with some offering general play schemes and others specialist coaching. Junior Boost members will receive a 50 per cent discount on weekly bookings for general play schemes.
Andersonstown, Shankill, Loughside; Olympia and Ozone Centre will begin enrolling for the schemes this week with places reserved on a first-come first-served basis
Grove Wellbeing Centre has already started enrolment, following a pre-registration stage in April, while Whiterock Leisure Centre, which is working in partnership with its local community centre, begins enrolment on Monday, 20 May.
Avoniel, Ballysillan and Falls Leisure centres will begin enrolment next month. Avoniel and Ballysillan will enrol from 24 June, and the Falls Leisure Centre will begin on Wednesday, 26 June.
Chairman of the Parks and Leisure Committee, Councillor Gerard McCabe said: “Emergency Eddie will be helping to promote the importance of sport in keeping fit and health, and also encouraging respect and understanding towards the emergency services amongst young people.
“It’s fantastic that the WPFG are coming to Northern Ireland and that they are using several of the city council venues for the event so we want to make the children aware of the games and the important role that the emergency services play in our society.
“In addition attracting so many competitors from across the globe highlights how sports can help forge friendships as well as keeping people healthy,” added the councillor.
The majority of leisure centres are running general play schemes with prices at £6.00 per day or £24 per week. Andersonstown and Falls Leisure Centres will offer specialist coaching session at a cost of £2.10 per activity. The two hour coaching sessions range from water polo to jujitsu but a complete list of activities and specialist sessions is available on our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/holidayschemes Swimming lessons are being offered at a cost of £12.00 per week.
Four centres – Avoniel, Andersonstown, Olympia and Shankill – will offer Sunrise Clubs where children can arrive from 8.15am rather than 10am. This will cost £2.00 extra per day.
Registration forms can also be downloaded from the website or are available from your local leisure centre.