MICHAEL O’Neill, the new Northern Ireland Manager made an appearance last week to support a new initiative held at Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Cookstown. The ‘Game of Three Halves’ funded by Good Relations aimed to give young people in the District an opportunity to play sports that they might not otherwise consider giving a go.
The event, that incorporated the three sports of Gaelic, Rugby & Soccer, was delivered by Active Communities coaches with support from Irish Football Association, Ulster Rugby and the Gaelic Athletic Association. The coaches led four local schools, Stewartstown Primary School; Donaghey Primary School; St Joseph’s, Kileenan and St Marys, Dunamore to participate in all three sports.
The event was delivered as part of the Active Communities Programme which is a Sport Northern Ireland Lottery Funded initiative that aims to increase participation in sport and physical recreation in communities throughout Northern Ireland.
During the day children were able to rub shoulders with some sporting personalities and stars appearing to lend their support, including Michael O’Neill, who is taking some time out of his busy schedule before fixtures in June and August, as well as Ulster & Tyrone GAA legend Peter Canavan, and Ulster Rugby players Tim Barker and New Zealander, Jared Payne.