Celebrating future on 125th anniversary

Dance tutor Erin Lyle (centre) with come of the participants taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-999-CON
Dance tutor Erin Lyle (centre) with come of the participants taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-999-CON

Larne Football Club has celebrated 125 years of history by putting the spotlight on future young artists in the town.

A “Celebrating The Future” project, alongside the annual LIPS Children’s Festival, has provided local children and young people with the opportunity to take part in a range of arts workshops from DJ skills to puppet making.

Leah, Holly and Rebecca taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-664-CON

Leah, Holly and Rebecca taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-664-CON

The project was funded by Big Lottery Culture For All and Larne Borough Council’s Community Festival’s Fund.

Larne Football Club chairman, Archie Smyth said: “It is only right that as we celebrate 125 years of Larne Football Club, the focus should be on our children and young people.

“Just as the successful London Olympics recognised the importance of arts and culture through the Cultural Olympiad, we have given children and young people the opportunity to take part in arts and culture as part of our 125 years celebrations.

“Just as football teaches children and young people discipline and commitment, arts and culture does also.

(Lucy (left) and Jade taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-666-CON

(Lucy (left) and Jade taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-666-CON

“It was great to see the confidence of the children and young people grow throughout the workshops and also that so many took part in the programme.

“I look forward to when their mural is put up in Inver Park.

“I would like to thank Big Lottery Culture For All for supporting our Celebrating The Future and to Larne Borough Council for supporting the LIPS Children’s Festival.”

Mark with DJ tutor Gleave Dobbin taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-667-CON

Mark with DJ tutor Gleave Dobbin taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-667-CON

Erin, left, and Lucy with artist Rachel Lister taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-998-CON

Erin, left, and Lucy with artist Rachel Lister taking part in workshops as part of Larne Football Club's Celebrating The Future and Children's Festival. INLT 34-998-CON