Sportadown festival to offer fun on and off the River Bann

Young leaders, children and officials prepare for the Sportadown festival. Included are Alain Cante (left, deputy event director) and Adrian Farrell (Portadown Chamber of Commerce).
Young leaders, children and officials prepare for the Sportadown festival. Included are Alain Cante (left, deputy event director) and Adrian Farrell (Portadown Chamber of Commerce).
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A celebration of the borough’s sporting diversity will take place tomorrow (Saturday) in town.

Showcase sites based in The Meadows Shopping Centre and River Bann region will promote a selection of the sporting disciplines on offer in the area under the annual Sportadown banner.

The highlight will run on the River Bann water when crews from competitors across Ireland are signed up to tackle the Dragon Boat regatta.

“Young people from Portadown have been putting the final plans into place for the Sportadown Dragon Boat Regatta and family fun activities, which will be taking place in the vicinity of the Meadows Shopping Centre and River Bann on Saturday,” said organiser Richie Smith. “The sporting event will start with a Youth Sport Performance workshop and conclude with Dragon Boat races and family fun activities.

“Sportadown, organised by young people from Oasis Youth Club under the supervision of Unify Sport (Unify Solutions) and Community Intercultural Programme, has been a major success over the past couple of years and this year promises to be as fun and exciting.

“The main attraction of the weekend is the Dragon Boat regatta taking place on the River Bann with teams from as far as Dublin, Donegal and Belfast taking part.

“This will be entertainment of the highest standard for all the family as teams battle it out to be crowned champions and take home the prize.

“There will be lots of other fun and active activities taking place on the day at the Meadows Shopping Centre for all the family.

“Come along and try a new sport with the help of qualified coaches who will be present on the day.

“Sports activities include Futsal, basketball, tennis, American football, judo, table tennis, boxing, archery and much more.”

To book a place on the Youth Sport Performance workshop visit www.sportadown.com or visit www.facebook.com/sportadown.

“We will be working with a team of young volunteers to deliver a fun family sport festival for the Portadown community,” said Alain Cante, deputy event director and part of Oasis Youth Club. “We invite you to come to support the Dragon Boat participants and to take part in the many sporting and fun activities happening around the Meadows Shopping Centre.

“We promise a good family day out.”

Sportadown is supported by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the Meadows Shopping Centre.

The full programme:

ZONE ONE (CIP ZONE): 1-3.45: mini-golf, inflatables and face painting, badminton; 1-3.30: archery, inline hockey; 1.3.15: table tennis; 1-2.30: volleyball; 1.15-2.45: Futsal; 1.15-3.30: multi-sport; 1.30-3.15: judo; 1.30-2.45: American football; 1.30-2.00: fitness Zumba; 1.30-3.15: dance; 1.34-3.45: boxing; 2-3.45: Olympic weightlifting; 2-3.45: tennis; 2.15-3.45: basketball.

ZONE TWO (DRAGON BOAT ZONE): 11.20-3.40: Dragon Boat race; 4-4.15: minor final; 4.15-4.30: major final; 12-3.00: barbecue.