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Two new leisure concepts proposed in Belfast development plans

A planning application was received by Belfast City Council last month for development at the Belfast Indoor Football facility on Balmoral Road
Gareth McKeown

PLANS have been submitted for Belfast's latest adventure centre, featuring two new leisure concepts for Northern Ireland.

A planning application was received by Belfast City Council last month for development at the Belfast Indoor Football facility on Balmoral Road, just off Boucher Road.

The proposals are for two unique leisure activities, both of which are new to Northern Ireland - Prison Island and Bazooka Ball.

Loosely based upon the successful TV game show Fort Boyard, international franchise Prison Island is already established in five European countries, with around 20 sites.

Looking ahead the company is targeting aggressive expansion, with the goal to have at least 200 Prison Island sites in operation within the next few years, of which Belfast could be one.

As part of the innovative concept visitors team up to solve tricky challenges in prison cells and collect points, all on time.

Bazooka Ball is a combat game, which follows the format of paintball, but uses foam balls.

The activity is popular in Britain with six licensed sites in England and Wales, but currently there are none in Northern Ireland.

Ryan Lyttle, with a listed address in Lisburn, is behind the application and according to the plans 20 new jobs could be created at the site as a result of the development, with 34 staff employed in total once operational.

If the proposals are given the green light by council planners it would add to the growing leisure offering in Belfast.

We are Vertigo is opening two new adventure centres this month as part of a combined £1 million investment.

A new Inflata Park is to open on Friday and replace the company's trampoline park in Newtownbreda, while a 110ft long indoor Ninja Warrior assault course is to open at the firm's Titanic Quarter site on January 25.

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