THE Joey Dunlop Centre in Ballymoney hosted a regional cage soccer tournament on Friday evening, attracting more than 70 young people from four council areas.
A total of 35 teams from the four councils making up the new Causeway Coast & Glens District Council took part in the event.
Ballymoney Policing and Community Safety Partnership took a lead role in the event, working in partnership with PCSPs from Limavady, Coleraine and Moyle.
The indoor competition used cages from three local council areas and was facilitated in the main hall of the centre.
The portable sports arena offers young people from across the region an opportunity to participate in soccer, volleyball and basketball… played in the enclosed arena of the cage.
They have been successfully used in diversion and community/youth projects across the Causeway Coast & Glens region for two years.
Ballymoney PCSP manager Michael McCafferty said: “The PCSP cage project aims to deliver diversionary sporting activities… to prevent young people from acting in an anti-social manner. It is an exciting and innovative way of engaging with local youth.
“In 2013, the regional Battle on the Beach tournament took place at Benone Strand, Limavady, and we felt that it was time to bring young people from different areas together again.
“Teams were all provided with playing jerseys, and the colour depended on which council area they represented.
“A Ballymoney team took the title but the main aim was to bring young people together in a controlled environment to socialise, make new friends and have fun. The event was a massive success and I would like to thank all of the players and those involved in the setting up of the cages and management of the games.”
If you would like more information contact Michael McCafferty on Tel: 028 2766 0254 or email: Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.