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Summer fun in the Moy

Published: Fri, 17 Jul 2015
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Children enjoying the summer scheme in the Moy are middle row (l-r) Eoin McGeary, Ryan Lavery, Ryan McConnell, Ryan McAleavy and MacDara Martin and front row (l-r) Conor Mackle, Kevin Quinn, Patrick McGeary, Mairead Curry and Aine Curry. Whilst the adults pictured (l-r) are Michelle Hazlett (NIHE), John Kilpatrick (Principal St John’s Moy) Stephen Murray (Scheme Leader), Martin Quinn (Supporting Communities), Michael Dallat and Louise Smyth (NIHE).
Moy summer scheme
Learning new skills, making new friends and a sharing a great experience are all on the menu at the Moy’s Shared Summer Scheme.
The shared summer scheme will give children who attend the local primary schools the opportunity to learn new skills, through multi-sports coaching, and have a lot of fun together as they work toward a mini Olympics.
The first week of this year’s scheme was held in July at St John’s PS (6-10/07) and the children are looking forward to the second week 27 – 31 July. A third week will be held at Moy Regional in August (10-14/08). Nearly £3,000 was invested by our Cohesion Team to support the 2015 shared summer scheme.
Lead by a number of local coaches the children will develop team building skills, social skills, along with cross community and intercultural relationships as the play a variety of ball games including basketball, volleyball, Gaelic football, soccer and tag rugby. They will also get the chance to take part in tennis, rounders, athletics, gymnastics, hurling, hockey and netball.
Michael Dallat, our Area Manager said:
“I was privileged to visit the scheme during the first week. The children attending were obviously having a lot of fun as the serious message of good community and intercultural relations was being delivered.
“The young people of today will be tomorrow’s leaders and it’s great to see them working together and developing their team skills even at this young age. It will stand them in good stead for the future. I wish them well for the second week in August.”
John Kilpatrick the Principal of St John’s PS who helped to organise the summer scheme with his counterpart at Moy Regional, Jennifer Little, commented:
“We were delighted our application to the Housing Executive was successful. This week has been the culmination of a lot of hard work and planning by the two schools and people from the wider community. The children are having a great time learning and playing together and can’t wait for the second week to come around!  I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the Housing Executive for their support of our initiative.”
Our Good Relations officer, Michelle Hazlett, was greatly involved in helping the group with the arrangements for the summer scheme. She explained:
“In the past the Moy has embraced the Housing Executive’s Shared Communities and BRIC programmes. Both programmes have had positive outcomes for the area and this is another foot forward on the area’s journey.
“It is terrific to see the children from across the community playing together and embracing each other’s culture through sport.”
If you are interested in your child taking part in the scheme 27 to 31 July then contact Karol McQuade on 078 2585 5705 to book a place.