THERE was another milestone in the rejuvenation of Larne Football Club as schools football returned to Inver Park last Thursday as nine local primary schools fought it out for the Inver Cup trophy.
Kenny Bruce has made it clear that he wants to see schools part of all that is happening at Inver Park, and this was their first proper opportunity to do so.
In recent years, the Larne & District Primary Schools Football Association have worked tirelessly to build primary schools football and created a number of boys and girls indoor and outdoor competitions. This year, with the fantastic facilities now available at Inver Park, was the perfect opportunity to reach out to our local schools once again and open the gates to schools football action.
The day didn’t disappoint, with 3 seven a side pitches rolling out six rounds of matches before semi final and final. The Main Stand was busy with passionate supporters and parents there to see their child play at Inver Park.
Added to the day were the Larne High School Sports Studies Students, who have been working on an ‘Upskilling’ programme delivered in school by Belfast Community Sports Development Network (BCSDN) which aims to get the students sporting qualifications and experience to boost their employability opportunities in the future. The tournament was expertly managed from start to finish by these students and real positive links were established between these potential coaches of the future and Larne Football Club.
From the pool of Larne & Inver PS, Glynn PS, Linn PS, Olderfleet PS, St Macnissi’s PS, Moyle PS, St Anthonys PS, Cairncastle PS and Corran Integrated PS, it was Larne & Inver who pipped St Anthony’s PS 2-1 in a close final.
It was roles reversed from a typical matchday at Inver with the First Team players taking time out to come along to the event and support the teams, congratulating the finalists at the end of the game. Local players Jeff Hughes and Matty Henry presented the medals and trophies to cap a superb day at the Inver Park.
Schools football will return to Inver Park once again in the new year with a number of competitions scheduled.