The Mayor, Cllr Andrew Gowan welcomed over 70 children from Beechlawn, Brookfield, Longstone, Parkview and Tor Bank Schools to Lagan Valley LeisurePlex recently to take part in a fun packed day of sport organised by LCCC’s Sports Development Team.

Parents, carers and teachers were cheering loudly from the sidelines as the pupils gave their all in a range of team sports, bean bag races, sprints, relay races, obstacle courses, boccia and new age kurling.

Addressing the young participants, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Andrew Gowan, said: “Today has been one of the most enjoyable days of my Mayoral term so far. I have been so impressed with everyone taking part. I love the energy, the focus and the determination I see in all of you. Most importantly I hope you had great fun. Thank you all for coming today and for making our sports day such a success.”

Mrs Claire Devine, from Brookfield Special School, added: “It is really important that children with additional needs can experience the physical, social and mental health benefits that come with sporting activities. Today has been a great example of the impact this can have. I want to thank the Mayor and the Council for arranging this wonderful event. I can feel the excitement and the positivity among the young people here. Everyone is going home with a smile on their face, which is proof of a good day out!”

The Mayor presented the young people with medals and goody bags during a special presentation.