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George Best Foundation Supports Northern Ireland Hospice Youth Cup

May 26th, 2010

Newtownabbey Community High School crowned champions

Newtownabbey Community High School, are the proud winners of the inaugural, Northern Ireland Hospice (NIH) Youth Cup in association with George Best Foundation.

The charity cup tournament was held on Friday 14th May 2010, at Valley Leisure Centre, outdoor 3G pitches and was open to young people aged 12-14 years.

The 5-a-side soccer tournament brought together teams of young people from across NI, for an afternoon of fun and competition.

George Best’s sister, Barbara McNarry and co-founder of George Best Foundation and the Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman John Scott, were present to officiate at the awards ceremony. Ironically, the final ended up between Ashfield Boys High School, from East Belfast where Barbara grew up and Newtownabbey Community High School, from Alderman Scott’s constituency.

As Barbara and Alderman Scott stood at the side-lines cheering on the teams, it was Newtownabbey who came out on top, winning 1-0 and being crowned winners of the competition.

The 5-a-side event was the first hosted by the charity and after its success, it is hoped it will become one of a number sporting events in the charity’s fund raising diary. Community Fundraiser for Northern Ireland Hospice, Stefani Butler said:

“A great day was had by all involved and we were just delighted to be supported by teams from all around Northern Ireland. The event simply would not have been possible without partnership support from George Best Foundation and Newtownabbey Council to whom we are extremely grateful.”

Delighted to be a key partner in the Hospice event, George Best’s sister, Barbara McNarry said:

“The George Best Foundation is committed to offering young people an alternative in sport to the many social evils that threaten the health, both mental and physical, of our young people. This competition for our young people strongly promotes the aims of both organisations.”

It was very entertaining when Ashfield Boys and Newtownabbey High Schools both made it to the final. The Mayor and I both went head to head, cheering on our local teams!”

Funds raised from the event will go towards Hospice care services for local children and young people. Each year Northern Ireland Hospice cares for over 3,000 children, young people and adults and provides support to their families. The charity depends on generating over £5 million each year from fund raising events, donations and legacies to keep services running.