Plans are well advanced for the annual Sportadown festival, which will be taking place in the vicinity of the Meadows Shopping Centre and River Bann in a few weeks time.  The sporting event will commence on Thursday 31st July with an ‘Ordinary 2 Extraordinary’ seminar and concludes with a Dragon Boat race on Saturday 2nd August. Sportadown, organised by Unify Sport (Unify Solutions) and CIP, proved to be a massive success last year and this year’s weekend promises to be big bigger and better!

The weekend of activities will kick off on Thursday 31st July with the ‘Ordinary 2 Extraordinary’ seminar, with fantastic speakers including Dr Michael McKillop (London 2012 Double Paralympics Champion), Bryan Dunlop (International leadership speaker and trainer) and Philip Baines (Founder and MD of ShredBank).  Claudio Moreira, from Benfica FC will deliver a Futsal workshop on Friday, 1st August for the football community. Claudio will be visiting Northern Ireland to share his knowledge and highlight the benefits of futsal in the development of soccer players.

The main attraction of the weekend is the Dragon Boat Regatta taking place on Saturday 2nd August on the River Bann. Teams from as far as Dublin and Belfast will be taking part.This will be entertainment of the highest standard for all the family as teams battle it out to be crowned champions and take home the prize!

Richie Smith, Director Unify said ‘Through Sportadown we aim to promote active lifestyles, encourage youth volunteering and promote the development of positive relationships through sport. We thank all those that will be assisting in delivering this festival and look forward to welcoming everyone during the 3 day festival.’

There will be lots of other exciting activities taking place on the day at the Meadows Shopping Centre for all the family. Come along and try a new sport with the help of qualified coaches who will be present on the day. Sports activities include futsal, basketball, tennis, American Football, handball, hurling, boxing, archery and much more. For more information on the festival visit


Sportadown is supported by CURBS (Communities Unite in Reconciling and Building Society) and Craigavon Borough Council. CURBS is sponsored by the Contested Spaces Programme funded by OFMDFM and Atlantic Philanthropies


Notes to editors: For more information please contact Richie Smith on and/or 07899756179.