LESS than 24 hours after Tiernan Lynch’s men were presented with the Bluefin Sport Championship trophy, Inver Park hosted another event which brought the town together.
For the first time, Larne Football Club hosted a ‘Game of Three Halves’ event at Inver Park, together with Larne Rugby Club and Shane O’Neill’s GAC to offer children from Larne of all backgrounds the chance to try different sports and make new friends.
This is not the first time the three clubs have worked together as the Game of Three Halves initiative dates back to 2014, when it was hosted by Larne Rugby Club. Indeed, the IFA, the GAA and the Ulster Branch have worked together on this initiative across Northern Ireland for almost 10 years.
Former Ireland Rugby International, and Larne man, Trevor Ringland is a major advocate of the Game of Three Halves programme and he was at Inver Park to provide his support and encouragement.
The event was also featured on Sky Sports News to a national audience as part of their coverage of the weekend’s title presentation celebrations.
Chairman, Gareth Clements said, “Sport is a fantastic way of bringing people together and breaking down the barriers which can exist between us, even at a young age. We are delighted to work with other sports clubs in the town to do just that.
“The youth of the town is our future and bringing them together in an initiative like this, is an important investment in the future of Larne. It may well have been the first time that some of those kids were on the pitch at Inver Park and we want them to come back as supporters next season, as we start our Premiership adventure.”
Children wearing the colours of each of the three clubs mixed together enjoying a fantastic morning of fun on the very pitch their Saturday afternoon heroes made history by lifting the Inver Reds’ first league title in 47 years.
There was also one very special visitor, the Bluefin Sport Championship trophy. All of the kids who took part had the opportunity to lift the trophy and have photos taken in what was a memorable morning at Inver Park.
Kenny Bruce added, “The commitment I have made is to provide a facility at Inver Park which is for the use of the whole community. This initiative shows that Inver Park is open to everyone.
“On Sunday you had the kids from The Music Yard playing in the background and three sports represented. This is an initiative which has been going for five years and we were delighted to be able to host it this year. We will continue to work with other clubs and groups in the town to help build a better future for Larne.”