Localization

Craigavon is situated in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Area  central Northern Ireland.   

Population

207,800 in 2015

Area information

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough covers an area of 554 square miles and has a mix of urban towns and rural viallges. The area has a diverse range of facilities, including urban parks, lakes and cycle trails which are used to provide opportunities for citizens to be physically active. Through “ Connected” the Community Plan for the region our vision for 2030 is to have
“a happy, healthy and connected community, a vibrant and susatinable economy and appealing places for living, working and learning.” 

The Health and Recreation Department within Council is invested in the delivery of the community plan and in particular in using particpation in physical activity to impact on the health and well being of its citizens.

HEPA objectives

  • Delivery of targeted physical activity interventions to engage with those least likely to be involved in sport and physical activity.  
  • Document and share best practice examples of successful physical activity interventions.  
  • Raise awareness of the wide range of physical activity opportuntiies through better communication and the creation of a website www.getactiveabc.com
  • Delivery of sport in the comunity programmes which uses the deliveryof sport in open spaces as a means to build good relations in communities and confidence in individuals.
  • Agree the reccomendations from the project
  • Arrange a preliminary experimental system to monitor outdoor physical activity particularly in a parks environment.

HEPA promotion policies

Craigavon has a wealth of Leisure facilities and open spaces. 4 of our parks hold the prestigious Green Flag award – Lough Neagh conservation Area, Edenvilla Park, Lurgan Park, and Tannaghmore Gardens.

Good practices