Lord Mayor pitches a return to his old youth club
Belfast Lord Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile returned to his former youth club to open a new 3G pitch and praised the “essential contribution” of the work of staff at the Short Strand club.
The Lord Mayor joined BELB Interim Chief Executive Gavin Boyd at Doyle Youth Club in cutting the ribbon on the new £70,000 3G pitch at Mountpottinger Road.
“It is great to see that the many young people who attend this youth club now have a pitch that is fit for purpose,” said Councillor Ó Donnghaile
“The Doyle has been a central component in the lives of so many young people for over 25 years now and I want to pay tribute to the staff and volunteers who make such an essential contribution to the lives of young people in this area.
“The work of this club is developing the education, talents, creativity and well being of children and young people and is a sure example of leadership in action. They continue to lead the way with other clubs in inner-east Belfast in terms of cross community engagement and development.
“I also pay tribute to the BELB and Department of Education for the funding of the new pitch and continued support of the club.”
Paul McCrory has been a youth leader at the club for 27 years and says the new pitch will allow a greater range of educational programmes to be delivered by staff.
“This is a great facility which will compliment and enhance the social and personal development work we are engaged in at Doyle YC,” said Youth Worker in Charge Paul McCrory.
“For years the old tarmac pitch limited the type of activity we could offer our young people which meant that some members would drift away from the club.
“This new 3G facility will enable us to offer a wider variety of programmes encouraging greater participation amongst our young people in exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.”
The pitch at Doyle YC is one of four pitches currently being refurbished by the Belfast Education and Library Board in its youth clubs in the city.