Boost for football in Cloughmills

ON THE BALL. Pictured at Cloughmills Community Centre are teenagers during the first night of a new initiative to literally 'get the ball rolling' aimed at forming two football teams for the 12-16 yr olds. It is hoped they will eventually become a 'feeder' team for Cloughmills FC and included on the night along with Mayor Cllr John Finlay are members from the PSNI, who funded the project, coaches and Paddy Frew from C.A.T.INBM4-14 023SC.

ON THE BALL. Pictured at Cloughmills Community Centre are teenagers during the first night of a new initiative to literally 'get the ball rolling' aimed at forming two football teams for the 12-16 yr olds. It is hoped they will eventually become a 'feeder' team for Cloughmills FC and included on the night along with Mayor Cllr John Finlay are members from the PSNI, who funded the project, coaches and Paddy Frew from C.A.T.INBM4-14 023SC.

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THERE have been interesting developments on the football front in Cloughmills.

The committee of Cloughmills FC (adult team) decided to start coaching for teenagers of the village and immediate surrounding area, with the hope and expectation that this coaching school will act as a feeder club to the adult team.

In the village now there is football available from primary 1 to primary 7 with Cloughmills Boys and Girls and this new club covers from the age of 12 to 16.

The teenage club known as Cloughmills FC Soccer Academy has been funded by the PSNI to give the teenagers a recreational facility and get involved with sport. There will be talks delivered by the community police officers to the youth on various nights about community relations and also give the young people a forum to voice their concerns.

A football spokesperson said: “The entire football fraternity in Cloughmills is cross community, however this is a term we don’t feel we need to put too much onus on.

“We are very fortunate that in our village everyone respects each other’s beliefs and I feel everyone is moving in the right direction together.”