From early January until Sunday 1st March, Crumlin Leisure Centre was been a hive of activity for U12 boys and girls who have been competing in a football league to help fundraise for local student Caoimhe Hanna who is going to Zambia in July 2020.
The league consisted of 8 clubs from Tir na nOg Randalstown, St. Joseph’s Glenavy, St. James’ Aldergrove, St. Brigids, St. Patrick’s Lisburn, Davitts and Carryduff GAC. Each week over 120 players enjoyed fun filled non competitive challenge games to prepare them for their league season ahead. Caoimhe is very grateful to Gaelfast who gave her help and advice throughout the project and assisted with the scheduling of games and encouraging the various football development and minor football squads to referee the games. In particular thanks go to the following footballers; Conall Hanna, Lorcan Murphy, Malachy Burns, Aidan Irvine, Niall Burke, Fiontan O’Boyle and Daragh Coleman. Antrim and Newtownabbey borough council were very supportive in the use of their facilities and generosity throughout the project.
Each of the competing teams received 7 games during the league and the development of all the players throughout the event was fantastic. Three storms, Ciara, Dennis and Jorge couldn’t stop the children from attending weekly. And whilst the parents shivered on the side-line the children had a ball. Participation was the aim of the game and it was great to see such sportsmanship from all players and coaches throughout. The entire event raised a fantastic £2141 which will go towards Hope Mission Zambia’s charity work for 2020. Coaching co-ordinator Conor McCumiskey hopes that host club St. Joseph’s Glenavy will make this an annual event and we look forward to seeing even more teams enjoying the games next year.