Kids urged to sign up

YOUNG children and teenagers living in disadvantaged areas in Dundalk are being invited to get involved in a street league football project.

YOUNG children and teenagers living in disadvantaged areas in Dundalk are being invited to get involved in a street league football project.

The aim of the project is to encourage young people to take part in sports and to prevent them from getting into trouble with early drinking or drug taking.

Divided into three age groups, the project will run over five weeks in JJB, starting on Tuesday, September 27 and culminating in a finals night to be held at Oriel Park, Dundalk.

The Dundalk Street League Tournament is being run through the collaborative efforts of Co Louth VEC, North East Regional Drugs Task Force, Dundalk Town Council, Dundalk FC and the Football Association of Ireland.

The project is funded by Young People’s Facilities and Services through the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and is aimed at young boys and girls from ten to 16 years of age.

Last year, nearly 180 children turned up to take part in the first week of the Street League. The project suits children of all abilities so no previous football experience is necessary.

Any groups/teams who would like to take part should register their interest by contacting either Marie McGorman on 042-9392984 or email marie.mcgorman@dundalktown.ie.

Alternatively contact Paula Gribben on 042-9392990 or email paula.gribben@dundalktown.ie. An information evening for those interested in entering a team will also be held in the Enda McGuill Suite at Oriel Park on Tuesday, September 13 from 7pm-8pm.