Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Glentoran’s eastern promise

Glentoran have strengthened their links with the east Belfast community with the launch of their ‘Our Club, Our Community’ programme.

The three-year programme is funded by the International Fund for Ireland’s Community Bridges Programme and Belfast City Council’s Good Relations Partnership.

Glentoran chairman, Terence Brannigan, said: “Glentoran Football Club has its roots strongly embedded in East Belfast and, as such, has a responsibility to take a leading role in our local community and to make a positive and sustained contribution thereby helping address real community need.

“Through this Programme we will actively work within our local community to deliver a range of initiatives that will reach out to all sections of our community in order to make a lasting and measurable difference to our society.”

The Glentoran ‘Our Club, Our Community’ Programme has implemented a range of projects within the local community since it commenced in November 2010. This includes a Stakeholder Workshop to introduce the Programme to key community representatives and commissioning independent consultants to conduct a Community Relations Audit to provide a ‘snapshot’ of the perception of Glentoran within the wider community.

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “The vision of the programme is central to much of what my own department is seeking to achieve through sport.”

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Crusaders and Donegal Celtic will kick off Sky Sports’ coverage of the new Carling Premiership when the sides meet at Seaview on Monday, August 29.

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