COUNTY ANTRIM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION KICKS-OFF NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH NI CHILDREN’S HOSPICE
NORTHERN IRELAND Children’s Hospice is set to benefit from a new three-year partnership with the County Antrim & District Football Association.
The historic local football organisation, which has more than 450 member clubs and includes among its honours the Toals County Antrim Shield and the Toals Steel and Sons Cup, will support Northern Ireland’s only children’s hospice in ensuring the highest quality of care is delivered to young people with life-limiting conditions, and support for their families.
Ahead of the Christmas Eve Toals Steel and Sons Cup Final clash between Linfield Swifts and Dundela at Seaview (11am), Linfield Swift’s players Cameron Stewart & Johnny Frazer and Dundela skipper Mark McClelland & Joint Managers David Murphy and Stephen Gourley came together to endorse the partnership.
The County Antrim FA member clubs compete in the NI Football League, Northern Amateur Football League, Ballymena & Provincial League, Ballymena Saturday Morning League, Belfast & District Football League, South Antrim Football League, Down Area Winter Football League, Newcastle & District Football League.
Grace Stewart, Head of Children’s Service at Northern Ireland Hospice said: “The number and range of players, supporters and competitions provided under the auspices of the Co Antrim FA will provide Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice with an excellent opportunity to both raise vital funds and awareness in support of the care we deliver in hospices in Belfast and Enniskillen and in the community throughout Northern Ireland.
“Many of our young patients and their families are football fans and will be very grateful to the local football community and the Co Antrim FA for this very kind and valued gesture.”
County Antrim FA President Robert Fenton, said: “Our Association has always supported charities and causes but not until now has it enjoyed a formal partnership with a charity.
“When we considered a partnership, the board members unanimously proposed Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. The charity provides professional and heartfelt care to many children and their families in Northern Ireland, and it fills us with a great deal of pride to be associated with it.”
At this week’s Toals Steel and Sons Cup Final, at which a bumper crowd is expected, the partnership will be launched with a collection at the game.