July 30 In the Press

Armagh City Council extends community partnership with Markethill’s Recreation Centre


By Eleanor McGillie

ARMAGH City and District Council have voted in favour of extending its partnership with Markethill High School by continuing its support for the community sport and leisure initiative which promotes health and well being for the entire community.

The Recreation Centre is a joint partnership between Armagh City and District Council and Markethill High School which offers local people the appropriate facilities at their doorstep.

The scheme is two fold with the school having full access to the centre during the day with the Council managing the facilities for community use in the evenings.

The centre offers a state of the art fitness suite with the latest Technogym equipment, a wide range of activity classes, fully qualified fitness instructors on hand and the facility to book the main hall for football, badminton and basketball.

Principal James Maxwell said the school is delighted with the support by Armagh City and District Council for the Recreation Centre.

He said: “At Markethill High School we strongly promote health, fitness and overall wellbeing. The Recreation Centre has been hugely successful so far with both the school staff and pupils using the facility but also the wider community coming to the school in the evenings to get fit.

“The school has an excellent track record with sporting achievements. Our students understand the importance of good health, the importance of keeping fit and the importance of wellbeing. As a school it’s something which we promote heavily. During the recent exams we introduced a special ‘Exams Breakfast’ in the hope that all students sitting the exams had a good breakfast. We are introducing our much anticipated GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use in September which will teach our pupils about the importance of food and understanding where it comes from. We encourage students to live an active and healthy lifestyle so we are delighted the Council support us with this.

“I would like to thank the Lord Mayor of Armagh and the council members for recognising the success of this sporting initiative for the entire community. We look forward to continuing this successful partnership.”

Lord Mayor of Armagh City and District, Councillor Robert Turner said: “The Council are committed to developing a strong partnership with Markethill High School to ensure top quality leisure and recreational facilities are available.

“This facility is a great asset to Markethill and will benefit both the school and surrounding community providing facilities for everyone.”

Anyone interested in joining the Recreation Centre can ring 07760 176 769




Markethill High School is a co-educational 11-16 Comprehensive School situated on a spacious site adjacent to the town. Since 1959 the school has been educating pupils of all abilities drawn from a wide geographical area. The school’s ethos is ‘Believe To Achieve’.

  • January 2012 – Markethill High School – winners of a £4,000 prize fund for the best Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics project application to develop those subjects with Year 9 pupils.
  • In May 2012 Markethill High School was announced the British Academy Award Winner for the Best School in Northern Ireland for Modern Languages, with an award of £4,000. The school is shortlisted to the final three schools for the title of Best School in the United Kingdom for the delivery of Modern Language education.
  • In May 2012 – Laura Marshall in Year 11 was awarded the outstanding title of Northern Ireland’s Young Entrepreneur of the Future
  • For the second year running, in June 2012, Jonathan Armstrong in Year 12 was named the Southern Regional College student of the Year as a result of his work on the Schools’ Partnership Programme studying Occupational Studies
  • In November 2012, Markethill High School win Euroscola Programme
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