Late Night League Concludes
The FAI ‘Late Night League’ concluded at Oriel Park’s Youth Development Centre on Friday, 24 November. A large number of young people showed up over the four weeks of football.
Representatives from LMETB, Louth County Council, FAI, Dundalk FC and An Garda Síochána were all on hand to make sure that the event passed in the most positive fashion possible.
The Late Night League (LNL) is a diversionary programme and it is aimed at encouraging ‘at risk’ young people to participate in meaningful activities, thus reducing anti-social behaviour in disadvantaged areas. The Late Night League was contested by young people aged 13-21, and took place every Friday between 9.00pm – 10.00pm at the YDC.
The initiative is based around the concept of using football as a tool for social inclusion and learning. Through partnership and interagency co-operation, the ‘Late Night League’ aims to divert youths from crime/anti-social behaviour, and encourage ‘at risk’ young people to participate in meaningful activities, thus reducing anti-social behaviour and promote and further engage with youths and communities in Dundalk.
FAI Regional Development Officer for Louth, Michael Neville, told dundalkfc.com: “The Late Night League finished on Friday. The league was run by representatives from with the LMETB, Louth County Council, FAI, Dundalk FC and An Garda Síochána.
“It was an impressive turn out over the four weeks when we had many you people attending from the local area which was great to see. The group was then split into teams before each team played each other for fifteen minute games.
“The LNL is hopefully going to encourage more boys and girls from Dundalk to get involved in the game. I’d just like to say very well done everyone involved and we look forward to our next visit next week where we hope to see even more people show up.”
An Garda Síochána Juvenile Liaison Officer, John Brady, said, “As local Juvenile Liaison Officer I really enjoyed our 3rd session of the Late Night League. We had 54 young people that took part over 4 Friday nights. We source money from through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to run this 5-a-side to promote healthy options for our young people. A number of young Gardai that arrived in Dundalk lately have also taken part and this is a great way to build bridges between the Gardai and our young people.
“I would like to thank Liam Burns Community Officer at Dundalk FC and Michael Neville, FAI Regional Development Officer, for his commitment to this event and to others who assist in make it run smoothly. We hope to run this again in February 2018 at Dundalk Youth Development Centre.”