Olympic lift Be Active Cup

Olympic lift Be Active Cup

8 August 2018

BALLYNAHINCH Olympic won the inaugural Be Active Cup at The Newry Showgrounds last Wednesday night, beating neighbours Drumaness Mills 3-1 on penalties after the game finished in a 2-2 draw.

The tournament was the first of its kind for the district, with teams from various leagues playing against each other and was an opportunity for Newry, Mourne and Down Council to promote local sport and encourage strong links between clubs.

Council chairman Mark Murnin said: “This tournament was a huge success for the district and every team acquitted themselves well, displaying both commitment and sportsmanship. 

“Our Be Active campaign is aimed at the whole community and we have been working hard to promote activities that contribute to health and wellbeing in all aspects of life.”

The chairman added: “I was delighted to be involved in the Be Active Cup and want to thank all the teams that participated in the tournament, leagues, match officials and staff for making it such a success.”

The competition also provided an opportunity for the youth teams to display their skills. Tollymore United, Valley Rangers FC and Windmill Stars all competed in the mini tournament, with Windmill Stars FC (Youth) coming tops to win the Juvenile Be Active Cup.

Half-time provided the opportunity for the Newry City Special Olympics and Football Teams United to showcase their team work and passion for the sport, inspiring all who watched.

Throughout the tournament stages, charities chosen by Mr Murnin have benefited from collections. Present at the final was the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance Service, while Glebe House and Newry Gateway Club were supported in previous rounds.

For further information on the Chairperson’s Be Active Cup tournament, contact leisureandsport@nmandd.org or visit www.newrymournedown.org.