Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

George Best charity backs Belfast Giants initiative

By Stuart McKinley

Published 17/08/2010

George Best never got the opportunity to have a go at playing ice hockey when he was growing up in east Belfast — although given his balance and agility Northern Ireland’s most well known footballing talent would probably have been quite decent on skates.

That hasn’t stopped the charity set up in his memory from backing an initiative which uses ice hockey to bring together children from west Belfast, east Belfast and Dublin.

The Belfast Giants HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) programme brought together 34 children from the three areas at a week-long camp, where they were coached by Giants players, including captain Colin Shields.

Barbara McNarry, George Best Foundation Secretary and sister of the world-famous footballer, is happy for the charity to diversify into a different sporting stream.

“Whilst our main driver is football we encompass and encourage all sport. The Belfast Giants HEROS programme fits perfectly with our aims,” she said.

Belfast Giants general manager Todd Kelman, who helped start up the scheme in 2008, said: “The George Best Giant HEROS Programme is as much about their personal development off the ice as their hockey skills on the ice.

“They will develop real friendships with each other, face and overcome some big challenges together and learn how to work more effectively with their differences as well as what they have in common.”

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph