Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Interface football team Limestone United set out a calendar of activities set to keep its young players busy

A local football team credited with building positive relationships at a north Belfast interface has set out a calendar of football based activities set to keep its young players busy for the rest of the year.

Part of the Football for Hope initiative, supported by the Irish Football Association (IFA), Limestone United is made up of youngsters from both communities at the Limestone Road interface.

The newly launched itinerary will see regular football training sessions taking place, accompanied by a series of masterclasses, educational workshops and information sessions.

All activities are designed to promote football as a deflection for young people who could otherwise become involved in interface conflict.

Officers from the York Road Neighbourhood Policing Team have thrown their full support behind the team.

Speaking at the programme launch, Sergeant Brian Caskey from York Road Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "This programme has provided a great opportunity for local lads from both communities to come together and put their time and efforts into something that is both beneficial for them and for the communities they live in.

"This initiative has helped a number of young people in the Limestone area to stay off the streets and not to become involved in committing acts of violence or anti-social behaviour. Football, and more importantly the team, has given them something to take interest in and to be proud of, and I wish them every success in going forward throughout the rest of the year."

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