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Thinking of Applying for a Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Leisure Grant?

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb launches this years leisure grants. Pictured with Deputy Director of Parks and Leisure Matt McDowell.

Good news for all sports enthusiasts in the Borough!  Applications are now open for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Leisure Grant Aid Programme. The programme aims to assist in the promotion and development of sport within the Borough and is open to all local Sports Clubs and individual athletes who meet a set criteria. Financial assistance can be received for training and competition costs, running of local sporting events, coach education, and facility improvement.

Newly elected Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented:

“The Leisure Grant Scheme has been in place since May 2015 and has significantly benefited numerous elite athletes and sports clubs.  A recent review of the programme has helped make the process simpler and clearer for applicants and offers new opportunities to local athletes, clubs and officials.

To apply for a leisure grant visit https://antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/grants/

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Iconic Athletics Track in Antrim renamed Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb with L-R Councillor Paul Dunlop, Alderman John Smyth, Trevor Clarke MLA, Councillor Jim Montgomery and Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Ross at the renaming of Antrim Stadium to the Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium.

To mark the Northern Ireland Centenary, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has recently renamed Antrim Stadium to the Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb, and Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Ross, unveiled the new name plaque at a rededication ceremony with local Councillors, members of the NI Centenary Working Group and local runners.

The stadium first opened in 1979 and the newly named Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium will carry with it all the history, events and achievements accomplished by the clubs and athletes over the years. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey said, “I am delighted that we were able to include this special rededication of our athletic stadium in our programme of Centenary events.   There have been a huge number of successful events at the stadium over the years, as well as athletic stars training here and succeeding in their sporting careers, thanks to the dedication of coaches and clubs.  I know there will be many more success stories to come under the new Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium name”.

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Opportunity for Students to go Stateside for the Summer

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Sister Cities Student Exchange Programme 2022. This cross-community programme, which has been running since 2000, aims to provide Antrim and Newtownabbey’s young adults with an opportunity to travel to Gilbert, Arizona during the summer.

Two students will be selected to participate in the programme from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough.  The first part of the programme involves the two students travelling to the USA to spend three weeks being home hosted by their matched student.  They will be given a wonderful opportunity to learn about their hosts’ local cultures and customs in ways not available to a casual visitor. 

At the end of the three weeks, the Gilbert students will return with our students to be home hosted in Antrim and Newtownabbey.  During their stay, they will have a chance to closely experience a new culture and make lifelong friends by living with the family of their exchange student. 

All travel expenses for the Programme will be covered by the Council, however students are expected to provide their own passports and spending money. Applications must be submitted by 10 January 2022.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb said “I am delighted that we are able to work with our sister city, Gilbert in Arizona again this year.  This is a fabulous opportunity for our young adults to experience a new Country and culture, Right at the heart of the local community.  I also look forward to welcoming students from Gilbert when they arrive to stay with one of our families next year.  I am sure they will have a great time with so many exciting things to see and do in our Borough”.

If you or someone you know would like to take part in this exciting opportunity, visit here for more information, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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