Valley Leisure Centre a preferred venue for 2013 Games

World  Police & Fire Games Patron, Dame Mary Peters passes the baton onto Alderman Billy Webb, Mayor of Newtownabbey representing Valley Leisure Centre. Also pictured is Councillor John Scott and 2013 Games mascot, Emergency Eddie.
World Police & Fire Games Patron, Dame Mary Peters passes the baton onto Alderman Billy Webb, Mayor of Newtownabbey representing Valley Leisure Centre. Also pictured is Councillor John Scott and 2013 Games mascot, Emergency Eddie.
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2013 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) Ltd has announced the Valley Leisure Centre in Newtownabbey as one of its preferred venues to host two of the comprehensive range of sports that will feature in next year’s international ten-day event.

The announcement follows a visit by the World Police and Fire Games Federation in April when a number of locations across Northern Ireland were visited and matched against exacting suitability criteria.

The Valley was subsequently revealed as the preferred venue for basketball and table tennis events.

Newtownabbey Mayor Alderman Billy Webb said: “The Valley Leisure Centre has been selected as a venue to host the basketball and table tennis matches for the 2013 Games. It is fantastic that Newtownabbey is involved in something of this magnitude. Volunteering will be at the very heart of the 2013 World Police and Fire Games in a wide range of areas such as sport, medical, transport to name but a few. Although recruitment of volunteers has not yet started, I would urge all local volunteers to register their interest at Volunteer Now.”

Approximately 66 sports will be featured in the Games which take place from August 1 to 10, 2013. As the main host city Belfast will be home to the majority of the sports, with the remaining spread across Northern Ireland from Eglinton and Portrush to Rostrevor Forest and Donard Park.