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13th June 2016

With the joys of Summer almost upon us, fun-filled days at the Mardyke Arena UCC are waiting for families and individuals with a yen to try something really different. As one of Ireland’s top award-winning leisure and fitness complexes, this state-of-the-art facility is right in the heart of Cork, located on the picturesque Mardyke Walk on the banks of the River Lee.

The Mardyke Arena UCC is one of the city’s hidden jewels, just waiting to be discovered.

Over June, July and August, the arena opens its facilities for non-members on a pay as you go basis. Individual day passes cost €10 per visit, while a Family Pass, which includes 2 adults & 2 children under 17, is superb value at just €20.

Additionally, The Mardyke Arena UCC has multiple short & long term membership types to suit every individual & family.

The Mardyke Arena UCC runs an extensive range of Fitness Classes for both members & non-members Monday to Sunday, throughout the summer. All classes can be paid for on a per class basis.

Summer Camps
The Mardyke Arena UCC will run 9 weeks of Summer Camps commencing on Monday 27th June. “The Arena is now established as one of the leading camp providers in Cork, and are always hugely popular,” says Marketing Manager Wayne Falvey.

“With over 14 years’ experience in providing quality multi-activity programs to children aged 4-12 years, our camps are definitely an essential part of summer in Cork.”

Camps run daily from 10:00 – 15:00 with pre and post camp supervision also available for parents.

Intensive Swim Lessons
The Mardyke Arena UCC will host 4 weeks of Intensive Swim Lessons for children over July & August, and are a wonderful way of fast-tracking a child’s development and provide a healthy structured activity for them during the summer holidays. “Children have the opportunity to interact with other children, while learning to swim and having fun at the same time,” says Wayne.

“Swimming helps children improve their motor skills, confidence levels and, most importantly, could save their lives.”

The Mardyke Arena UCC intensive courses will further develop the skills children have already acquired and assist in refining technique to make swimming less of a challenge and more of an enjoyable experience.

The Mardyke Arena UCC offers a variety of birthday party options for children of all ages. With a wide range of party packages on offer, parents have a greater choice and flexibility when it comes to organising that very special day. The Arena caters for groups ranging from a minimum of 12 children to a maximum of 32 children.

“Birthday party activities are carefully designed to meet the needs of all age groups,” says Wayne.

The range of party options includes Climbing, Swimming, Ultimate Dance, Multi-Sport, Olympic, Pirate & Princess and Human Foozball.

The Mardyke Arena UCC Birthday Party Programme operates on Saturday & Sunday afternoons.

The arena clinic is a unique facility, incorporating physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and specialist rehabilitation equipment. Committed to providing a constant level of excellence in expertise and equipment to all clients, regardless of ability, it offers unique, state-of-the-art equipment to maximise the maintaining or restoring of a client’s good health.

“All therapists are Chartered Physiotherapists with vast experience in treating musculoskeletal, sports and neurological conditions.”

As well as a degree in physiotherapy, each therapist has continued to strive for excellence by continuing to develop their skills and attend Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses regularly.”

Superfeet Premium Insoles are now available at the arena clinic. The Superfeet product line includes Trim-to-Fit and Easy-Fit Premium Insoles for every type of sport and casual activity, in every type of footwear.

The arena clinic now offers Player & Athlete Recovery Sessions on Monday & Friday evenings from 19:00- 20:00. Achieving an appropriate balance between training, competition stresses and recovery is important in maximising the performance of players and athletes. Sessions are carefully designed to assist with optimal recovery post workout, and are delivered by a qualified member of the Sport Science / Fitness team.

The Mardyke Arena UCC Climbing Wall offers an exciting challenge for complete beginners through to serious climbers. Qualified instructors will guide you through the use of all equipment, plus give coaching tips on how to improve your climbing – whether it is your first time or you’ve been climbing for years.

“The Climbing Wall offers something for everyone, from children’s to adult sessions and various classes from the beginner to the competent climber.”

The Mardyke Arena UCC is now an accredited NICAS Awarding Centre delivering certified courses climbing courses - designed to provide novice climbers with a structured and progressive programme of training & development to become competent indoor climbers.”

For all enquiries and bookings, check out: or contact reception on 021-4904751 / the arena clinic on 021-4904760

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