Aubry Ralph, Vice Chairman of Glentoran (left) and Russell Lever, Community Relations Officer at Glentoran (centre) welcome guest speaker Matt Parish, Community Director at Charlton Athletic (right) to the Oval
Glentoran Football Club today hosted its inaugural ‘One Club….One Community’ Workshop at the Oval.
The workshop aimed to introduce the club’s new community-orientated project to key stakeholders and establish an advisory panel consisting of representatives with expertise in community relations, sport and the local community sector.
The three year project - funded by the International Fund for Ireland’s Community Bridges Programme and Belfast City Council’s Peace III Programme - will aim to make a positive cultural, social and educational contribution to the local community through all facets of football.
Glentoran will work in partnership with supporters and the local community to deliver a wide range of initiatives that will help address issues such as intercommunity prejudice, social inclusion, education and training, health and crime prevention.
Speaking at the workshop, Aubry Ralph, Vice-Chairman of Glentoran Football Club, said: “Glentoran Football Club recognises the importance of taking an active role in its local community.
“This project will work towards enhancing the club’s relationships with existing fans and the local community, cultivating loyal future fans, and creating an inclusive and family orientated atmosphere at Glentoran that promotes good relations in East Belfast.
“We will be actively engaging with supporters and local community organisations to help us roll-out a project that will meet the needs of the local community and make a lasting difference.”
The key note speaker for the workshop was Matt Parish, Community Director at Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) who discussed the innovative and ground-breaking programmes that Charlton Athletic delivers in partnership with local communities.