Family fun on and off the water across Sportadown festival

The Dragon Boat regatta during a previous 'Sportadown' festival.
The Dragon Boat regatta during a previous 'Sportadown' festival.

The countdown is on towards this year’s Sportadown festival - with a packed programme planned for Saturday, August 8.

The main attraction will take place on the River Bann as crews from Dublin, Donegal and Belfast join the ranks for the Dragon Boat regatta.

The Dragon Boat regatta has been planned to wrap up the programme, with the Youth Sport Performance workshop the opening attraction.

Other sports on display include futsal, basketball, tennis, American Football, judo, table tennis, boxing and archery.

“Young people from Portadown have been putting the final plans into place for Sportadown,” said a festival organiser. “The family fun will take place in the vicinity of The Meadows Shopping Centre and River Bann.

“The Dragon Boat regatta will be entertainment of the highest standard for all the family.”

The festival has been organised with help from Oasis Youth Club members under the supervision of Unify Sport (Unify Solutions) and Community Intercultural Programme.

“We will be working with a team of young volunteers to deliver a fun family sport festival for the Portadown community,” said Alain Cante, the deputy event director on behalf 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.”

To book a spot on the workshop or for further information visit

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