MOre than €500 was raised for the Steps School completion programme at a 7-a-side charity soccer tournament which was held in Ballinacurra Weston at the weekend.
The tournament, which was organised by local resident Bill Phillips, was staged at new all weather pitch at the Our Lady of Lourdes community Centre, which was opened by John Giles earlier this year.
Teams from Ballynanty, Moyross and Ballinacurra Weston took part in the tournament with all of the matches being refereed by John Somers.
In addition to the tournament, a raffle was held on the day with a top prize of two tickets to see an upcoming Champions League match featuring Manchester United.
The winning team also received a set of jerseys, sponsored by Geno Sports.
According to Martin Collins, co-ordinator of the Steps School completion programme, the money raised from the event will be used to fund youth club activities in the locality.
The programme currently caters for around 200 children (aged between 6 and 18) from the Ballinacurra Weston area.
Last month, thousands of euro worth of damage was caused when thieves broke into the programme’s premises at Clarina Court.
“Because of the damage that was done we had to suspend our clubs so in fairness to Billy he sorted out this tournament so we could get some funds together to get the clubs back up and running again,” said Martin who added that without the support of the local community, the youth clubs would not be up and running for a number of months.
Billy Phillips said he was delighted with the success of the charity tournament which he hopes can grow become an annual charity event.
“There is a lot more to come, I’m happy with what we have got because it was good to get money in fast to get the youth clubs up and running again,” he told the Limerick Leader.