Portglenone Paddlers make a splash on the Bann

Five canoeists pose on river

Portglenone Paddlers have made a huge splash in the village, thanks to funding from the Housing Executive’s Community grant scheme.

The group, who organise paddling sessions in Portglenone, received funding to purchase equipment for a programme called ‘Getting Active on the Bann’. The project was aimed at encouraging people of all ages from the area to take part in this alternative outdoor leisure activity, which is good for both mental and physical health.

Pauline O’Kane from Portglenone Paddlers said: “We became aware of the demand for such programmes after our recent sessions became greatly oversubscribed. With this funding from the Housing Executive, we were able to buy additional equipment and provide more sessions to encourage more of our residents to come along. 

“We were delighted to see residents of all ages making new social connections and increasing their wellbeing through this newly accessible water based physical activity.’’

Mairead Myles-Davey, Mid and east Antrim Area Manager said: “We are always pleased to fund projects that encourage people to get out of their homes and get active. 

“Good health and wellbeing is very important and projects such as this encourage people to get involved in outdoor activities, make new connections and learn new skills. It is also a great opportunity to further utilise the great facilities at Portglenone Marina.”

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