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Belfast Telegraph maintains its Championship backing

By Keith Bailie

With the big kick-off just a month away, the Belfast Telegraph has renewed their commitment to intermediate football by continuing their sponsorship of the IFA Championship.

Last season, as title sponsors, the Belfast Telegraph gave comprehensive coverage to both Championship One and Championship Two in their Monday supplement, The Park.

The Irish FA and the Belfast Telegraph also worked on a number of joint initiatives to help promote the league, including free tickets for primary school children and an online video blogs.

Editor of The Park, Martin Mawhinney believes the renewed deal is a positive step forward, for all concerned.

Mawhinney said: “The Belfast Telegraph are delighted to be continuing our sponsorship of the IFA Championship.

“We are committed to covering junior and intermediate level football every Monday in our football supplement The Park, and this deal strengthens that commitment further.

“As ever, The Park will be the first newspaper to bring you all the action and the stories from the clubs in the Championship each week. We'll be there all the way from the first kick in August, to the drama of the title race in April.”

IFA Championship Committee Chairman Aidan Murphy is also delighted that the Belfast Telegraph has continued their sponsorship.

The Armagh City man said: “We had a very successful partnership last season with fantastic articles and match reports in The Park supplement every week, and the Belfast Telegraph’s online vote for Player of the Month was very popular with fans from all clubs. I am looking forward to this upcoming season and am sure that we will again benefit from the great coverage and promotion the Belfast Telegraph provides for Championships One and Two.”

Last season Ballinamallard United upset the odds to win the Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 title and claim a place in the Premiership. This year the likes of Carrick Rangers, Ards, Bangor and Newry City will all fancy their chances of following in The Mallards’ footsteps.

In Championship Two, Knockbreda are likely to start as favourites for the title after narrowly missing out on promotion last term, while Ballyclare Comrades, Ballymoney United and Banbridge Town will all be keen on claiming one of the two promotion spots.

The new season starts on August 11 and fans of Belfast Telegraph Championship clubs can find out their fixtures for the season in Tuesday’s paper.

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