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Down District Council Launches BuddyCard Scheme
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TODAY (Friday 21st October) marked the launch of the Buddy Card Scheme for Down District Council’s Leisure and Recreation Centres, officially opened by the Recreation and Community Services Committee Chairman, Councillor Mickey Coogan.

The Scheme is designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to avail of the leisure services regular activities and facilities. With a ‘Buddy Card’ the disabled user can bring a friend, carer or family member to help assist them when using any of the centres, free of charge.

Councillor Mickey Coogan said, “I am very excited about this scheme and have taken a keen interest since the proposal went to Council some time ago.

“I feel it is important to help maintain the individual’s dignity and independence when using leisure facilities and our scheme now allows a ‘Buddy’ to accompany them and if necessary use the same facility or activity free of charge.”

Down District Council’s Leisure Services look forward to welcoming more disabled users to the district’s leisure centres as a result of the introduction of the BuddyCard Scheme.

For further information and an application from contact your nearest leisure centre or visit

Pictured at the launch of the Buddycard Scheme were Collete McGinty, South Eastern HSC Trust Disability Physical Activity Co-ordinator, Michael Lipsett, Down District Couyncil Director of Recreation, Macartan Bryce, Council Leisure Centre Manager, Cllr Mickey Coogan, Community Safety Partnership Chairman, with Bill Keown, Down Disability Chairman, front.