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February 2019


Bangor Aurora leading the way with introduction of 100% compostable cups

The Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex is doing its bit to save the planet by introducing 100% compostable cups and lids in the sports centre’s café.

The cups produced by Zeus Packaging NI in Mallusk come in a series of attractive designs, but more important than that, when they are thrown away after use they are completely biodegradable, drastically cutting the amount of waste the centre has to send to landfill.

The new cups are being used in the centre’s caféM, following a rebrand of its catering facilities earlier this year. And the most popular drink being drunk is the centre’s very own caféM. coffee, which is roasted locally by the Ards Peninsula-based company, 38 Espresso having been produced from beans shipped in from Brazil and Vietnam.

Tim McCann, Sales Manager at Zeus NI said:

“We’re proud to supply caféM. at Aurora with our 100% fully compostable cups and lids. They’ve joined a growing number of small and large businesses, who are making the switch to sustainable packaging alternatives. And at Zeus NI, we’ll be doing all we can to support them in making this small, yet very important change.”

Gordon Pennock, Partnership Manager for the Aurora said:

“Our customers get through a lot of coffee, especially since we switched to our own unique blend of beans - caféM. The introduction of Zeus Packaging compostable cups and lids seemed a smart move for us as a centre on so many levels. The cups still look good, but they’re not damaging the environment, which is something we as a centre are proud of.”

Eddie Marks at: E.M Business Consultants Ltd, who works with 38 Espresso said:

“It’s been great working with Bangor Aurora on the development of this new blend. Reports I’m hearing back are that people love the smoothness of caféM. coffee. And to know it’s being drunk from cups which don’t harm the environment is the icing on the cake.”

Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex is managed by Serco Leisure on behalf of the Northern Community Leisure Trust. In 2018, it won the ukactive Northern Ireland/Wales Regional Facility of the Year award. It is also the current holder of the World Cup of Pools, having defeated the London Aquatic Centre in a Twitter popularity poll to find the most popular major swimming facility in the UK in 2018.

July 2018

Bangor beats London to win World Cup… of Pools!

Bangor Aurora has won the first ever World Cup of Pools competition, beating the London Aquatics Centre, the location for many swimming events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Bangor had to beat a pool from Crawley in England in its first round match, but was then pitched against increasingly high profile London-based facilities, culminating in a final against the London Aquatics Centre.

The final lasted 3 days, from Tuesday July 10th until Friday 13th, with Twitter votes from the pools’ followers deciding the result. After one day of the competition, London had a sizeable lead of around 500 votes. Bangor stayed in the runner-up spot until Thursday night, pushing for local votes but never managing to draw level.

But on Friday morning, the local community came alive. Companies, sporting organisations, sports stars like Keith Gillespie and Barry McGuigan, politicians from across the political divide, local people with only a few Twitter followers - they all came together, voting, retweeting and pushing for the Northern Ireland win. By 11am Friday morning, Bangor were 1,000 votes clear and they never looked back.

Gordon Pennock, Partnership Director at Bangor Aurora said:

“When we entered into this competition back in May, we had no real idea what to expect. This was the first one ever but we knew from seeing the other pools selected that we’d be up against some formidable sporting facilities.

In many ways, we had the ‘draw from hell’, facing high quality aquatics facilities from the south of England in each round, all with engaged social media followings and loyal customer bases.

The English pools had a lot going for them, but we had the people of Bangor, of Belfast, of Ards and of all the other local areas, who came together to create this wonderful feel-good moment for the customers and staff at my centre.

I’m so proud of everyone involved in this. Seeing the comments we’re getting and the genuine pride people are feeling in this victory makes the effort involved so very worthwhile.”