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Images of sporting heroes bring pride to Leafair

Published: Wed, 18 Apr 2018
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Mayor Maoliosa McHugh with local professional boxer Connor Coyle unveiling his portrait which is one of four ‘sporting heroes’ portraits on permanent display at Leafair 3G pitch
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Images of local sporting heroes have been unveiled by Leafair Community Association in Derry-Londonderry as part of a project funded by us.
This was designed to deter anti-social behavior and encourage a sense of pride in the area.
The digitally printed portraits displayed on fences surrounding the Leafair sports facility and 3G pitches are the culmination of a series of community-led workshops and events. Entitled ‘Inspiring Communities’, it’s been funded by our Community Cohesion programme over the past nine months.
As well as the images, the area has been further enhanced by a stone plaque engraved with the words ‘Welcome to Leafair’ which will be placed at the entrance to the estate.
The group was awarded £9,290 and used the funds to co-ordinate a series of events including reimaging; a fun day; a cross community ‘It’s a Knockout’ challenge; information sessions for young people, and health and fitness programmes.
Peter McDonald of Leafair Community Association described the aim of the progamme:
“The aim of the Inspiring Communities programme was to provide meaningful activities for young people who, in previous years, had been involved in antisocial behaviour. We also wanted to instill a sense of community pride among residents, to get them involved in the future direction of our community activities and overall, we wanted to improve the look of the estate to deter vandalism and graffiti.”
He added:
“Our residents came up with the idea of getting portraits of local sportspeople digitally printed and placed around the pitch, to create a kind of outdoor gallery for people using our sports facility, which includes a 3G pitch, a walking/jogging track and an outdoor gym. The idea for a stone plaque at the entrance to the estate was also put forward, and we are pleased to say that plaque is now installed and is a positive landmark for those who live here and for visitors to the estate.”
“The support from the Housing Executive makes a huge difference to our community, because it allows us to work together on meaningful projects, share ideas and make our estate a better place to live in.”
unveiling a new stone plaque at the entrance of Leafair. Included are Good Relations Officer Eddie Breslin, Cllr. Sandra Dufffy, Cllr Brian Tierney, Ciara Ferguson of Greater Shantallow Area Partnership, and local residents.
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Eddie Breslin, one of our Good Relations Officers, welcomed the launch of the reimaging project:
“We are delighted to see how the Leafair Community Association has used funding from our Community Cohesion programme in a creative way to instill a sense of pride among residents. Involving local people in decision-making and supporting all age groups to work together for the collective good of the area is to be encouraged.”