Soccer project to break down barriers

A SOCCER project aimed at promoting greater multi-cultural understanding has been launched in the town.

The ‘On The Ball’ project is the brainchild of Karol Gallagher and runs from August 28 to October 23.

It will feature four tournaments and a celebration event for 7-a-side men’s and ladies soccer teams at Lurgan Town’s Gordon 3G Arena.

Karol is working alongside Michael Ruddy of the Sports Development Unit at Craigavon Borough Council and Stephen Smith of Craigavon Intercultural Programme.

Karol pointed out sport can often be a negative influence in promoting multi-cultural understanding but where good practice is adopted can be a means of breaking down barriers and tackling cultural stereotypes, allowing people from very different backgrounds to come together and get to know each other.

If you are interested in entering a team for the August 28 tournament contact Karol on 07514 526 902.