Antrim youngsters find their way in orienteering

Rian Carl and Ryan Corrigan enjoying the Aspire Sport Orienteering Programme at Antrim Castle Gardens
Rian Carl and Ryan Corrigan enjoying the Aspire Sport Orienteering Programme at Antrim Castle Gardens

More than 200 young people from ten primary schools throughout the Borough came together at the picturesque Antrim Castle Gardens to compete at the Primary Schools Challenge Orienteering Festival.

Each school had to orientate around a 14 point course in the shortest possible time and it was Loanends Primary School who came out top on the day. A number of the pupils were rewarded for their talents by being selected to attend Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Aspire Sport Programme.

Elaine Upton, Countryside and Physical Activity Development Manager with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council commented; “Aspire Sport is a talent development programme which helps advance specific skills and performance. At each of the Primary Schools Challenge events, specialist coaches select pupils who show exceptional talent to attend the Aspire Sport programme.”

Elaine continues, “The Orienteering Aspire Sport Programme was delivered in partnership with NI Orienteering and included four weeks expert coaching. The ten pupils that were selected onto the programme have now been invited to compete in the NI Schools Orienteering Championships in Drum Manor, Cookstown on Wednesday 25 May”.

For more information on the Aspire Sport Programme or the Primary Schools Challenge please contact Elaine Upton T. 028 9446 3113 E. elaine.upton@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk