McDonald Initiative Spreads to Harryville

Ald. Stewart McDonald
Ald. Stewart McDonald

An initiative to expand opening hours of local football pitches to tackle Anti-social behaviour has been extended to Harryville.

The idea was suggested by TUV Alderman Stewart McDonald at a recent council meeting, he said: “In Ahoghill, Kells and Broughshane I had proposed that Council opened the MUGA football pitches at evenings and weekends during the school holidays so that young people in the area could access the floodlit pitches and play sports instead of hanging out on the streets.

“This was something that proved very successful and something I want to see rolled out across the borough.

He added: “I was delighted to be invited by Rodney Quigley to a meeting hosted by Harryville Partnership to address the anti-social behaviour in the Harryville area. I brought to the attention of those present of the initiative I started in Ahoghill with opening the pitches up.

“I am pleased that the Harryville 2G MUGA pitch in will be opened for the first time this Friday, and I hope they can have the same level as success as I have witnessed elsewhere. Of course this isn’t a silver bullet to fix the problem of anti-social behaviour, but it will be another outlet for young people to engage with and stay off the streets.

“Thank you to all those involved for continuing to work to solve this problem.”