Release Date: 16 Sep 2013

100 teenagers from across the political divide took part in the recent Belfast City Airport Challenge Trophy which was won by Donegal Celtic 1-0 in the final.

Supported by the airport’s Community Fund, the aim of the project was to bring young people from different religions together through sport. The teams involved were Shankill United, Donegal Celtic, Solway Star and Lisburn Distillery.

Ruth Morgan, Communications Manager at George Best Belfast City Airport, said:
“This project, run by Shankill United Football Club, was the perfect example of how young people from across Belfast can be united through a shared hobby.

“The aim of the airport’s Community Fund is to inspire young people and sport plays a major part in developing teamwork skills and building relationships.

“Many Northern Ireland sporting stars are national treasures, not least the airport’s namesake George Best, so the Community Fund is very much involved in grassroots sports and encouraging talent in young people.

“The teams all played really well but on behalf of the airport I must congratulate Donegal Celtic who lifted the George Best Trophy on Friday night!”

The George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund sees the airport fine airlines for operating late flights and has provided funding to more than 60 community groups, charities, schools and projects since its inception in 2009.

Mark Clegg from Shankill United Football Club said:“Over 100 young people from Shankill and the neighbouring areas took part in the tournament so it was a huge success, not least just for the Club, but for cross-community relations.

“The boys put their heart and soul into the tournament and had a lot of fun at the same time which is what it’s all about. We are extremely grateful for the financial support provided by the airport and for making the project possible.

“There were definitely a few up-and-coming ‘George Bests’ at the tournament and we look forward to following their progress.”

To find out how your community group can benefit from the Belfast City Airport Community fund, contact [email protected]
The airport can also be contacted by Facebook and Twitter - @BelfastCity_Air

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