Release Date: 10/07/2012
WITH support from the UEFA Respect Campaign and EU Peace III, the Irish FA is delighted to be able to once again support the 7th Annual George Best Street League which takes place from July 10-12 at Solitude, home of Cliftonville FC in North Belfast.
The tournament which is organised by Ardoyne Youth Providers Forum is supported by George Best Foundation, Belfast City Council, OFMDFM, Cliftonville FC, Community Relations Council, UEFA, Belfast United Forum, World United and the IFA EU Peace III funded Football For All programme; and provides a fun and safe alternative, away from potential flashpoints.
Non-affiliated street teams can compete in the 7-a-side competition which caters for ages 12–18+ over three age levels and runs from 6pm-10pm on Tuesday and Wednesday night and from 4.30pm-8.30pm on Thursday. It is anticipated that over 200 young people will participate.
Throughout the year the community groups involved in the tournament meet as part of the Belfast United Forum, a networking group facilitated by the Irish FA Community Relations Department who use the universal power of football to promote positive Community Relations and Respect; and as a result for the first time this year the format will be replicated in East Belfast at the Hanwood Sport and Community Complex in Tullycarnet - with the winners from the North and East meeting for a showcase match in August.
Michael Boyd, Irish FA Head of Community Relations commended all those involved in the tournament: “This is a great grassroots driven project, based on meaningful partnerships with a proven track record making a real difference. We have some world class community projects in Belfast and it is something we should all be proud of.”
Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson, added: “With valued support from EU Peace III and UEFA Respect we are delighted to once again work in partnership with all the groups involved to support the annual George Best Street League.”
Northern Ireland Manager, Michael O’Neill, concluded: “The Irish FA is proud to help support grassroots community driven projects which use football as a hook to tackle racism and sectarianism throughout Northern Ireland. It is pleasing to note that this initiative is now going to be replicated in East Belfast in August and that the Irish FA has facilitated this positive development.”
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