Joint Event In Ulster Aims To Reach 'Beyond The Game'
15 May 2014 11:26am
Ulster prop John Afoa, Armagh Gaelic footballer Brian Mallon, Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland MLA and Cliftonville soccer star Joe Gormley
Major players from rugby, Gaelic football and soccer came together recently to launch the 'Beyond the Game' event - a joint good relations event next month which is aimed at supporting local sports clubs and promoting positive community relations.
The Ulster Branch of the IRFU, the Irish FA and Ulster GAA are delighted that Mickey Harte, the most successful Tyrone Gaelic football manager of all-time, will be the key note speaker at the event which will be held at the Ramada Plaza, Shaw's Bridge from 6.30pm on Wednesday, June 11.
The joint event will showcase several clubs who are delivering positively in their respective communities and will explore issues close to the heart of sports clubs including health and volunteering.
The three Associations are inviting club representatives from across the country to attend this event.The 'Beyond the Game' event forms part of a wider joint project between the three sporting Associations designed to help increase club capacity through sport at local level.
The 'Sport in the Community' programme, funded by the Department for Social Development, supports the three sporting bodies to work together in developing volunteering best practice, community development and good relations.
Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland MLA, said: "The role that sport currently plays within our community cannot be underestimated. The joint project that the IFA, UGAA and IRFU (Ulster Branch) are engaged in is providing opportunities for the governing bodies to share learning and support sports clubs by building volunteering capacity and supporting community development.
"Volunteering is vital in supporting participation at all levels of sport and through my department's volunteering strategy we are striving to develop and add value to the existing contribution made by countless volunteers in building strong sports clubs and communities."
Speaking during Connacht's training trip to Ballinrobe RFC, captain John Muldoon said: "It's great to see the jerseys and the people coming out to support us today. Long may it continue because we're not a Galway team, we're a Connacht team and that's what we want to push and that's why we come out on these days out."