Youngsters have a ball at Rangers soccer school
Dozens of young people from east Belfast had a ball with the George Best Community Cup and Glasgow Rangers Soccer School last week.
The three-day soccer school was based at Inverary Community Centre and combined football fun with a serious message.
Organiser David McConnell said the youngsters had participated in three two-hour workshops on anti-sectarianism and anti-racism.
The event was run with support from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and the Community Fund for Northern Ireland — and a squad of volunteers who, among other things, picked up bags of dog litter.
Mr McConnell said some of the matches were delayed by half an hour each day because the dog dirt problem was so bad.
“It’s a disgrace. Three days in a row our volunteers had to go in and clean it up.”
He said there were 45 children at the soccer school, enjoying training at the hands of coaches from Glasgow Rangers. “If the people who walk their dogs there saw the number of kids that are on those pitches they wouldn’t do that,” he stormed.