Saturday 24 February 2018

Exchange with club in Belfast

Shankill United Academy and Shankill FC U-13s
Shankill United Academy and Shankill FC U-13s

Young soccer players from Shankill United Academy in Belfast, and Shankill FC in Dublin, had an exchange of visits on alternate weekends in May and June.

It was a huge success both on and off the pitch for the respective under-13 youth teams.

The visits were an opportunity to bring both communities together in a spirit of friendship.

The Dublin players went to Belfast on May 20, with Shankill United Academy making the return visit on the weekend of Saturday, June 3.

Among the many highlights was a tour of Belfast city which took in Stormont, the Belfast harbour, the Titanic Quarter and a walking tour of the Shankill Road and the peace wall.

They met community leaders and Shankill United Academy coaches who shared their future hopes for the young people of the area. Chief among those was the chance to live in a fully integrated society, free of sectarian divisions.

On the pitch, both teams treated spectators to two highly entertaining games played in a spirit of friendship with Shankill Utd Academy shading matters in both games on score-lines of 1-0 in Belfast and 3-2 in the return game in Shanganagh Park.

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