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Chairperson’s Be Active Cup Kicks off Across the District

Chairperson’s Be Active Cup Kicks off Across the District

The first round of matches in the Chairperson’s Be Active Cup kicks off on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 July in Jennings Park, Newry and Kilmore Playing Fields, Crossgar.

Sixteen teams in total from various leagues across the district have entered this exciting new tournament in a bid to reach the finals on Wednesday 1 August at Newry Showgrounds.

Be Active Cup

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mark Murnin along with the Chairperson of Newry City FC, Martin McLoughlin and the Chairperson of Warrenpoint Town FC Connaire McCreavey performed the draw on Thursday 5 July, witnessed by team representatives and representatives from Newry City Special Olympics team, who will showcase their skills at the finals on 1 August. Young team players from local youth teams, who will be taking part in the Chairperson’s Junior Be Active Trophy on 29 July, also watched on. They will also play their final prior to the senior game on 1 August.

Exciting Tournament

Councillor Mark Murnin said, “I am delighted to be part of this exciting tournament that will not only benefit sporting teams across the district but also my chosen charities Glebe House, Northern Ireland Air Ambulance and Newry and District Gateway Club. All the teams are ready to face the challenge of competing against new teams, some of which they have never played against. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the Council to promote sport and encourage strong links between local clubs in the sporting scene.”

Councillor Murnin continued, “I would encourage everyone to show their support to their local football teams as well as these very worthy charities, which do great work throughout the district. Glebe House and Newry and District Gateway Club will have representatives at the matches and I hope that they receive support and recognition from everyone attending the games for the good work which they do for those living in our communities.”

Sports Development

Active and Healthy Communities Committee Chair, Councillor Gareth Sharvin said, “Sports development is very important to this Council and is the beating heart of communities. Sport has the ability to engage, inspire and bring together communities as well as promote health and wellbeing. This tournament supports the local community to further develop sports locally in their areas.”

The competition will take place over four rounds – round one on 23 and 24 July, the quarter finals on 26 July, the semi-finals on 30 July and the grand final on 1 August.

First Round Matches

Jennings Park, 23 July 2018

Damolly FC v Windmill Stars
Newcastle FC v Saintfield United FC

Jennings Park, 24 July 2018

Ballyvea FC v Drumaness Mills FC
Bessbrook Utd FC v Rockview United FC

Kilmore Playing Fields, 23 July 2018

Kilmore Rec FC v Valley Rangers FC
Ballynahinch Olympic v Killough FC

Kilmore Playing Fields, 24 July 2018

Killyleagh FC v Tullyvallen Rangers FC
Cleary Celtic FC v Downpatrick FC

Find Out More

For further information on the Chairperson’s Be Active Cup tournament, fixtures, results and match reports, visit here or email


Mayor Welcomes New Stand at Greenisland Football Club

Pictured is Mayor Councillor Peter Johnston, Deputy Mayor Andrew Wilson, Cllr Bobby Hadden, MEABC Director of Operations Philip Thompson and Mervyn Montgomery, Greenisland Football Club.

Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston along with Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andrew Wilson and Cllr Bobby Hadden visited Greenisland Football Club to see the commencement of the works to provide a new 128-seater spectator stand and turnstiles, which will bring the grounds up to meet Intermediate League status requirements.

Mid and East Antrim Council in partnership with Greenisland Football Club have been working together to deliver this new stand. Through working in partnership, the club have been able to secure £45,000 of external funding and along with a contribution from the club Council are contributing £35,000 to deliver the £90,000 spectator stand.

Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston said: Once again, I would like to pay tribute to Greenisland Football Club and in particular the time and commitment that the club members put into progressing this project.

“As a Council, we have been delighted to help fund a portion of this work and to enable the vision and objectives of the club to be met.

“Greenisland Football Club are a fantastic club and it is no surprise that they have recently been recognised from UEFA as one of the top grass roots football clubs in Europe.”

Mervyn Montgomery, Greenisland Football Club said: “We are indebted to the on-going support of our External Funders and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, to enable us to build upon the existing facilities at Greenisland and to develop further our Community Sports Programs and Longer Terms Plans for the Club.”

This new stand will further enhance the major investment Mid and East Antrim Council made in 2018 through the delivery of a new 3G facility on the back of £100,000 of funding the club secured from SportNI.

The Club and Council had also secured external funding to upgrade the grass pitches, which are owned by the Council, in 2018 at a cost of £50,000.

Mid and East Antrim Council are committed to working with all groups within the borough to ensure that our ratepayers and residents have top class facilities which will improve their quality of life and their health and well-being.

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Irish Football Association Skills Programmes Helping the Community

Economy Minister Diane Dodds pictured at Windsor Park with Kris Lindsay, Community Sports Development Officer, Irish FA.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has praised the work of the Irish Football Association in helping build the skills base of the local community.

The Minister met with community outreach staff from the IFA and heard about the work of the IFA Foundation, which has helped thousands of young people acquire a range of accredited qualifications since it was established in 2017.

The Minister said: “The IFA Foundation does excellent work in the local community building the skills base of young people. The Foundation helps young people attain vocational qualifications that not only make them more employable, but also boost their confidence and desire to potentially go on and study for more qualifications in future.

“This in turn embeds a culture of lifelong learning in young people. I know the IFA Foundation is keen to further build on their work by introducing apprenticeships and they have begun engaging with my Department to explore how this might be achieved.”

Keith Gibson, Acting Director of the Irish FA Foundation, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome Minister Dodds to the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park to discuss our employability programmes.

“We also talked about our vision for engaging young people, including the possibility of introducing apprenticeships at the Irish Football Association.”

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