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Rangers Football Club to host Football Mentorship Programme for young people in Borough

Young people aged between 11-17 from across the Borough will have a unique opportunity to take part in a Football Mentorship Programme organised by Rangers Football Club.

The 12-week cross-community scheme is being funded by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

On completion of the course, 36 participants will be invited to travel to either Glasgow or Dublin to watch a soccer or GAA match.

The Council will provide £20,000 for the pilot programme, which – if successful – will be included in the PEACEPLUS Action Plan.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross said:

“The Council is delighted to be working alongside Rangers FC to deliver this programme.

“The club does fantastic work when it comes to community engagement and has had great success working with other partners across Northern Ireland and beyond.

“The Rangers’ global brand will attract young people and incentivise them to get involved in this terrific scheme.”

Rangers Soccer Academies Manager (NI) Nathan Hanley said the club was “extremely pleased” to be partnering with the Council on this programme.

He added:

“A lot of hard work has gotten us to this point, and we must thank the Council for their support. We look forward to getting on the ground, meeting the young people, and making a difference.”

More details about the pilot programme will be made available at a later date.