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American Football comes to Armoy

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The Causeway Giants American Football team, founded in 2018 will be taking up residence at the Lime Park playing fields in Armoy, thanks to Causeway Coast and Glens Council granting them a six-month licence agreement.

The club had been using Coleraine Football Club’s training pitch at the Showgrounds on the Ballycastle Road, however, Lime Park will provide them with base of their own for their 35-plus members who play in the AFI All Ireland League.

Daryl Archer, former Offensive coach and general manager of the club said: “We were delighted to get the six-month agreement at Lime Park.

“We see this as a long term commitment to the Armoy community and working with the Armoy Community Association we hope to be instrumental in the revitalisation of the the whole Lime Park area.

“Our club ethos has always been determined to enhance the communities we operate in, whether it be charity events, community ventures or health outreach programs.

“Causeway Coast & Glens Council have committed to a community consultation regarding Lime Park and we, as a club, look forward to working with the local community to show how much a location like this is needed within the local area for all ages.

“With the Armoy community behind us we can hopefully get the opportunity to make the site a vibrant hub for the whole Armoy area.”

Armoy Community Association welcomed the American football club to Lime Park adding: “Work to make the place welcoming, safe and accessible has started. The Giants and Armoy Community Association will work together to deliver really positive change.

“Our priority now is to tidy the place up. Only activities which are Covid compliant are permitted.

“So an historic day in an historic place – American football has arrived and is welcome to Armoy.”

In October 2020, members of the Council’s Leisure and Development committee were notified that the previous occupiers of the Lime Park facility, Armoy Rugby Club, had vacated the site after the rugby club ceased to operate.

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