Football brings interface players together
Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016
Over 50 young people from interface areas across Belfast recently took part in an annual football tournament.
The Interface Soccer Sevens event, funded by us, brings together young people to compete in this cross community one-day event.
The main aim of the under-13 tournament, which was held at Seaview in north Belfast, is to build relationships among players.
Suffolk Lenadoon Interface Group organised the event and a good relations workshop that players participated in.
Neil McKee from the community group said:
“We use football as a means of breaking down barriers. Young people meet their peers from areas they would never venture into and dispel myths and misconceptions about the people and place.”
The community group also recently held the Suffolk Lenadoon Youth Achievement Awards ceremony for young people in the local area, which was also supported by us.
Over 100 young people were recognised for outstanding achievement in 10 categories including education, sport, citizenship and the environment, following nominations by local youth providers.
The ceremony was compered by local youths and the audience was entertained by Suffolk CC Circus skills group.
Our Good Relations Officer, Emma Galway, said:
“The football tournament helps to build positive relationships at interface areas across the city. We are delighted to support the tournament and the youth awards which recognises the wealth of talent that exists in this community.”