BOXING star Carl Frampton is coming to Antrim Civic Centre next week to meet local young boxers and to inspire them to use sport to challenge sectarianism and racism in their own community and make positive changes in their own lives.
The young people are taking part in the SportsJam programme, managed by Antrim Borough Council, an innovative initiative bringing together sports clubs across Carrickfergus, Antrim and Newtownabbey, promoting peace and reconciliation through sport.
SportsJam is supported through the Play Fair Programme which is part financed by the EU’s PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the CAN (Carrickfergus, Antrim, Newtownabbey) Peace III Partnership
Anna Boyle, Sports Development Manager with Antrim Borough Council said: “Young People need positive role models and within boxing locally there are few better role models than Carl Frampton. We are all excited about meeting him.”
Frampton, from Tiger’s Bay in Belfast, is the current holder of the Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Championship and is undefeated in 16 professional fights, with 11 knockouts. He is managed by former world champion Barry McGuigan.
Anna added: “SportsJam is about inspiring people to make changes and I know Carl will inspire local young people with his talent, dedication and commitment. The young people are eager to learn from him.”
The young people have recently met former professional boxers Davy Larmour, Eammon McAuley and Neil Sinclair at Monkstown Boxing Club.