£10k for Carrick Rangers Academy educational suite

The Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Cheryl Johnston and Adrian Stewart, Carrick Rangers Academy, celebrating the funding boost.
The Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Cheryl Johnston and Adrian Stewart, Carrick Rangers Academy, celebrating the funding boost.

Carrick Rangers FC Academy is to develop an educational suite at the Loughshore Hotel Arena.

It follows a £10,000 funding boost from the Big Lottery Fund.

Announcing details on the club’s website, Academy representative Adrian Stewart said: “We are delighted to secure this funding. It will make a real difference to the community in Carrickfergus.

“This will allow us to expand our services and offer additional training and programmes for all young people in the area.

“Carrick Rangers are at the heart of the community and we will continue to strive to develop and grow with the needs of our community.”

Mr Stewart went on to express appreciation to the Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim for her support on the project.

“We would like to thank Cllr Cheryl Johnston for all her assistance as she has been instrumental in securing this investment for the town.”

Welcoming the announcement, Cllr Johnston said: “I am delighted to see all our hard work come to fruition. This is an exciting project and will benefit Carrickfergus for years to come.

“Carrick Rangers Academy engages with over 800 people and this suite will provide a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to deliver more programmes tackling anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol and community isolation as well and improve physical and mental health.”