Council on the ball over funds

The Braid
The Braid

Ballymena Council is hoping to net the £17,995 necessary to extend the highly successful Schools’ Basketball Programme for six months.

To date over 600 pupils in the town have taken part in the scheme which has been running in the Seven Towers Leisure Centre since November, 2013.

The current programme runs until March 31 through funding from the Department of Social Development (DSD) and the Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and last week a Council committee gave their officers the go-ahead to make funding applications to each of those bodies in the sums of £9,795 (DSD) and £8,200 (PCSP).

If successful, the funding bids would allow primary pupils to continue their basketball experience from September 2015 to March 2016.

Schools willing to participate are Ballykeel PS, Camphill PS and Harryville PS in the south of the town and they will be ‘twinned’ with St Brigid’s, St Colmcille’s and one other maintained primary school to be confirmed in the north.

As well as basketball skills, each pair of schools will also undertake sessions in drug awareness, hate crime, healthy eating and addressing anti-social behaviour.