Published Wednesday, 09 October 2013
The members of the Matt Talbot Youth Centre do want to be active and get outside to play football, but the problem is that they don't currently have anywhere to go.
That could change though if a campaign to secure a run-down vacant plot, with the help of the charity Fixers which aims to give young people a voice, is successful.
"We're trying to get the Belfast Library Board to give us this land because it's being wasted out there - no one is using it at all," 17-year-old Shannon Crone explained.
Around 50-80 young people use the youth centre every night, so they're hoping they can make use of the adjacent land for sport and games - helping to prevent the anti-social behaviour that can become an issue when bored youths have no other outlet.
"This land used to be Vere Foster Primary School," Daniel McArdle, also 17, said of the plot they are hoping to be allowed to use.
"It's not any more - it's just an empty piece of land."
If any of them are interested in sport, or want to become anything in sport, having an outside facility can only improve them - especially in football and things like that.
Kevin Braniff, footballer
Shannon added that she was passionate about the campaign to secure the land for the youth club as it could make all the difference to local teenagers.
"We've actually lost some members because they're all getting bored inside," she said.
"I really hope that we do get the land and it's successful for our younger generation, because I know what it's like to be stuck in here and I don't want that for them."
Their campaign has the backing of Portadown FC striker Kevin Braniff, who used to regularly attend the youth club when he was growing up.
"I was here every night - the outside facilities were what you looked forward to. Going out and playing five-a-side and things like that, that was always the best part of my night," he said.
The youth worker in charge at the centre, Carrie Kane, also explained how vital the resource could be - particularly in an interface area of Belfast.
"Young people need something that they can come into," she said.
"And we can in entice them in here and then that keeps them off the streets and away from trouble and anti-social behaviour ... We're hoping to provide something for all members of the community, like a play park or a football pitch."
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