Funding Boost For Local Clubs

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TWO Derry junior football clubs have received a pre-Christmas boost in funding from U.K. charity, “Sported,” it has been announced.

Tristar Football Club has received a £1,790 grant from “Sported.,” one of the UK’s leading Olympic legacy charities. The funding will support their Young Person’s Development Programme.

The club, founded by the late Jon “Ugg” Clifford, is dedicated to building a stronger community by removing social barriers by providing opportunities for young people through soccer and other activities that they might not normally have.

This six month pilot programme will enhance the skill base of the young people and increase their confidence and personal wellbeing through soccer and other sport sessions and a range of workshops covering a range of topics including: emergency life skills; drug awareness and Cook-it healthy eating classes.

Brian McGuigan the Tristar F.C. treasurer said: “Our grant from ‘Sported’ will enable Tristar F.C to organise and deliver a combined development programme that will help to improve the sporting skills, stamina and health of up to 100 club members.

“The programme will also contribute to building strong communities and the reduction of crime by providing positive integrating opportunities.

“Members will be able to meet and develop at weekly training sessions and will also be able to learn new skills through a variety of personal development sessions.”

Meanwhile, Ballymoor Football Club, based in the Brandywell and Bogside areas of Derry has also received a £1,914.00 grant from the charity.

Ballymoor will use their grant to help develop their work on their mini Blitz Tournaments project. The project will use football to improve work and life skills for young people, to educate through their healthy eating and life programmes.

They plan to develop their Mini Blitz Tournaments Project which focuses on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour within their community.

Seamus McCallion, the vice-chairman of the Ballymoor club, said: “This grant is so important to Ballymoor because it gives the club new equipment and storage to continue on the great work it does in the community and to expand it to other areas of the City.

“It not only offers the players a chance to further develop and enhance their skills, it will also increase the fun element in training which is also important.

“The club plans to use football as a tool to promote understanding around religion, race, gender, etc to its members and to provide coaching outside our normal hours for the community to help try and reduce anti-social behaviour. “

“The club is building on its success over the past 38 years and this grant will enable us to continue to develop their work through this pilot project.”

These clubs have received funding from Sported’s small grant programme, which enables sported.

Members with a turnover of less than £50,000 to access funding to support sport for development projects working with young people aged 11-25.

sported. offer more than just grant funding to local community groups. Other benefits of being a Member include volunteer Mentor support, an exclusive insurance offer, various online resources and Member events.

Brenda Kelly the sported. Northern Ireland Manager said: “I am delighted to have awarded these small grants and Mentor support in Northern Ireland.

“It is fantastic to be able to support local community sports groups who are using sport and physical activity to make positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people.”