Twenty two young people from 4 different local schools came together to participate in a range of “crazy fun” activities. Archery to Laser Tag to Football Golf to Minute-to-Win-it challenges, finished off with a big Friday trip!
Games on the beach in Murlough Bay were highly enjoyed by all as well as a lovely walk along the beach to Newcastle. Of course the amusements got a spin to finish the week off before a good sleep in the bus on the way home!
Fun & enjoyment had by all, and best of all strengthened and new friendships formed. Make sure you are in it next year!
Hot on the heels of our recent success at Connection Cup Lurgan, the YMCA Lurgan 7 a side team were invited to the inaugural Connection Cup in Lisburn.
It was a brilliant tournament with teams mainly from Lisburn area but also from Moira and ourselves from Lurgan.
After four very tough group matches, with two wins and two draws we clinched a place in the semi finals.
A hard fought 2-1 victory saw the boys into the final with plenty of scrapes and blood on their knees to show for it.
We were so proud of the boys in the final as they held onto a one goal lead.
They played as a team, fought for each other, covered each other and maintained the discipline necessary to achieve.
The 1-0 win ensured success with the boys now proud holders of both Connection Cup trophies!
Our thanks to PIPS for delivering recent workshops to our young people on the subjects of ‘Self Harm’ and ‘Suicide’ awareness.
The young people really enjoyed learning more about these subjects and gaining the knowledge and skills to help themselves and help others.
Last weekend we had a great activity weekend away with YTime MyTime Group 5 to Greenhill YMCA in Newcastle. The guys had a great time and took part in activities such as Deep Bouldering, Archery, Zip Line, Football, Bonfire and Laser Tag in the forest.
Click here to watch a video of the DEEP BOULDERING.
We were delighted to host Craigavon PCSP on Tuesday night for a workshop entitled ‘Rights & Responsibilities of Young People’.
Young people from YMCA Lurgan’s YTime MyTime group joined with young people from St.Mary’s Portadown and Lurgan Youth Annexe to take part in discussion, a quiz and a question and answer session with the neighbourhood police.
It was good fun, the young people learned a lot and the free food is always a plus!
Did you know that you have to be 12 years old to buy a pet and you are criminally responsible from the age of 10? Now you do!
YMCA Lurgan have officially adopted Carnegie Street through Craigavon Borough Council’s Adopt A Street Scheme.
Yesterday we took delivery of gloves, rubbish bags and litter pickers and the young people will use this as a Citizenship Opportunity and a Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering Opportunity.
YMCA Lurgan were crowned Connection Cup Champions on Friday night for the first time, beating nine other teams to lift the coveted trophy.
The diverse team were made up of lads from around Lurgan including, Shankill, Mourneview, Kilwilkee and Taghnevan and only conceded one goal in the seven qualifying matches.
In a blistering semi final against Drumgor Detached Youth Work Project no goals were scored by either team so it went to penalties. Our goal keeper Shea Magee saved two spot kicks to put the team through to the final.
Again in a very tight contest against Emmanuel, it was 0-0 at the end of the match and it went to penalty kicks.
Our keeper Shea saved one penalty and allowed Aaron Withers to cooly slot home the winner under pressure.
It was a fantastic team effort and a brilliant night. The players, fans and coaches were ecstatic to be finally crowned champions and the celebrations continued late into the evening at McDonalds!
We are encouraging all of our young people and their parents to attend this event next Wednesday evening at Links, Lurgan. Some of our staff will be there as well.
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During the second phase of their YTime MyTime year, 14 young people took part in a ten week film making project in conjunction with the local Police Community Safety Partnership. The young people wrote, filmed, acted and put a sound track to their short film which looked at anti-social behaviour, focussing on grafitti.
On Tuesday night they presented their film to around 200 people at Oxford Island Discovery Centre and were awarded with a DVD of their work along with a trophy.
It was a special night and we were proud of their finished work.