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Monday 25 Jul 2022
Ards and Greenisland take the spoils at amateur games festival

The Irish FA Foundation teamed up with Ulster University, Greenisland FC and St Mary’s FC at the weekend to showcase some of the best amateur football teams in Northern Ireland.  

Inclement weather didn’t deter the eight teams involved, with Greenisland FC and Ards Rangers winning first and second team spots respectively. They were joined by 4th Newtownabbey, UUJ, Greenisland FC, St Mary’s, Greenisland II, UUJ II, and St Mary’s II, with each team playing two games. The tournament attracted 150 fans to the Ulster University facility in Jordanstown, where they availed of barbecued food and health checks courtesy of Kingsbridge Healthcare Group.

Amateur Football Game Developer, Dean Holmes, who helped organise the event, said:

“This event was a great way to showcase the importance of physical health and wellbeing through the buzz of a football festival. As an association it is our role to promote the many benefits of our game right through the pyramid, with the amateur game a real focus. 

“Our sponsors played a key role in this and I’d like to place on record my thanks for their input to a really successful day and a great start to the amateur season.”