Foyle Arena opens its doors

The state-of-the-art £12m Foyle Arena opened its doors to the public at lunchtime today, Monday.

Despite the inclement weather, bus loads of schoolchildren enjoyed sports taster sessions, including football, judo and athletics, while a mother and toddler session and scores of excited schoolchildren got their first taste of the swimming pool.

FIRST CUSTOMER!. . . .Hannah Shields, first woman from Northern Ireland to climb Mount Everest and first Irish woman to ski to the North Pole completed another first yesterday afternoon, becoming the first paying customer at the new Foyle Arena, as it opened its doors at St. Columb's Park. Serving the well known sports woman is receptionist Michaela Doherty.  DER1615MC006 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

FIRST CUSTOMER!. . . .Hannah Shields, first woman from Northern Ireland to climb Mount Everest and first Irish woman to ski to the North Pole completed another first yesterday afternoon, becoming the first paying customer at the new Foyle Arena, as it opened its doors at St. Columb's Park. Serving the well known sports woman is receptionist Michaela Doherty. DER1615MC006 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

Elsewhere members of staff proudly showed groups of people around the extensive facilities, which include a fitness suite, an international standard climbing wall and a raft of sports facilities.

Among the first through the door, eager to sample the facilities was athlete and mountaineer Hannah Shields.

See video attached.

Read more in the Londonderry Sentinel on Wednesday.

Some of the local sports coaches and schoolchildren pictured at the new Foyle Arena at St. Columb's Park on Wednesday afternoon. DER1615MC059

Some of the local sports coaches and schoolchildren pictured at the new Foyle Arena at St. Columb's Park on Wednesday afternoon. DER1615MC059

LOOKING GLASS!. . .The view from the reception area at the new Foyle Arena this week as local schoolchildren were given the opportunity to try out the facilities. DER1615MC056

LOOKING GLASS!. . .The view from the reception area at the new Foyle Arena this week as local schoolchildren were given the opportunity to try out the facilities. DER1615MC056

One of the journalists attempts a climb of 'Walltopia' at the new Foyle Arena on Wednesday. DER1615MC055

One of the journalists attempts a climb of 'Walltopia' at the new Foyle Arena on Wednesday. DER1615MC055

Judo coach Ron McGowan showing some moves to local schoolchildren at the unofficial opening of the new Foyle Arena at St. Columb's Park on Wednesday morning. DER1615MC048

Judo coach Ron McGowan showing some moves to local schoolchildren at the unofficial opening of the new Foyle Arena at St. Columb's Park on Wednesday morning. DER1615MC048