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‘Game of 3 Halves’ to take place across Mid and East Antrim

Press release   •   Jul 25, 2019 10:10 BST

Camps are for children aged 12 to 16 years old.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will bring a series of coaching camps to Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus this summer known as the Game of 3 Halves (GO3H).

This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

GO3H is a partnership model supported by Ulster Rugby, the Irish Football Association (IFA), the Ulster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. The concept behind it is to use the power of sport to promote respect for diversity and support the development of positive community relations.

It aims to bring children and young people from different backgrounds together to explore culture and identity through participating in three sports from Northern Ireland’s rich sporting heritage of football, Gaelic football and Rugby.

To date Larne Youth FC, Larne Rugby Club, Shane O’Neills GAA, Greenisland FC, Ballymena Rugby Football Club, Carniny Amateur and Youth FC, All Saints GAC, Ballymena United Youth Academy and North End United Youth FC have all signed up for registering their players on the programme.

Programme dates, times and locations are as follows:

Ballymena – 12 to 16 August from 10am to 3.30pm daily at Ballymena Showgrounds

Larne – 19 to 23 August from 10am to 3.30pm Daily at Sandy Bay, Larne

Carrickfergus - 19 to 23 August 10am to 3.30pm daily at Greenisland Football Club

It is also worth noting that the camps are free of charge and any participant who completes the week long programme will receive a sports pack worth £20.

If your club or any parent is interested in registering a team or players onto the programme then please contact:

For Ballymena - Gary Boyd

For Larne – John Grant

For Carrickfergus – Colin Roden

Match-funding for the programme has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

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  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
  • The programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the border region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit