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Lloyd Anderson Swans off to Swansea

Lloyd Anderson Swans off to Swansea

11 March 2013

Lloyd Anderson is the winner of PlayBall's Street Striker 2013. The talented kid will be jetted off to Premiership side Swansea City FC for a weeks trial in April.

Following the success of last year's project, PlayBall Street Striker expanded its reach from East Belfast to the entire city. On this occasion, footballers representing all communities across Greater Belfast came together through the initiative, with the aim of encouraging the city's youth from right across the political and religious spectrum to build relationship in a vibrant fun atmosphere. This was achieved through working in partnership with Lower Ormeau Resident Action Group, Seaview Enterprises & Suffolk Lenadoon Interface Group.

Running for four weeks, PlayBall Street Striker saw around one hundred young football fanatics aged 14-17, come together across the city to participate in a competition to showcase their football skills.

PlayBall Street Striker involved competing in street soccer challenges including freestyle and events such as target shooting, boxes and obstacle courses, with the ultimate goal of landing the fantastic prize of a week's trial at Swansea City FC. The final provided an opportunity for budding footballers to impress Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill.

Michael O'Neill said,

'The PlayBall Street Striker project not only plays a vital role in bringing young people together through sport, but based on what I have seen at the final, the project may have also unearthed some promising young talent. The winner should go to Swansea with passion and confidence and who knows, we may have found a future Northern Ireland international in the making'.

PlayBall Street Striker is managed and delivered by Paul Shaw, Sports Development Officer at PlayBall, the state of the art football facility at the Pavilion Stormont. The project was supported by a number of stakeholders such as local community groups, PSNI, Swansea City FC, Citybeat Radio, Daily Mirror, McDonalds Dundonald, Malone College and the IFA Community Relations Department.

Paul was delighted with the success of PlayBall Street Striker 2013, and said

"For the 2nd year running PlayBall Street Striker has made a real impact on the local communities across the city and I am happy to say that the primary objective, to encourage young people from opposing areas to come off the street's, has been met. I would like to wish Lloyd Anderson the best of luck at his Swansea City FC trial and also say a huge thanks to everyone involved including the participants, community groups, judges and facilities that enabled the project to take place. I would also like to thank the Police and Community Safety Partnership and the Community Relations Council for the help to enable us to expand the project to cover all of Belfast. We hope to build on the momentum gathered from PlayBall Street Striker and begin to start the planning process for PlayBall Street Striker 2014, with ambitions to expand the project to further afield"

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