Causeway Coast integrated primary school launches Field of Hope initiative to bring people together through sport

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A Portrush primary school has launched an ambitious new initiative to bring people together through sport – by fundraising to develop a synthetic pitch in the town.

Mill Strand Integrated Primary School launched the Field of Hope project last week with the aim of uniting people in the local community: “Mill Strand Integrated is on a mission to bring our community together through sports!”

In a post on social media, the school said: “Our goal? To develop a state-of-the-art synthetic sports pitch right here in Portrush! With football, rugby, GAA, and even tri-golf on the menu, we're fostering teamwork, fitness, and inclusion in a safe, professional environment. But we need YOUR help to make it happen!

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"We're raising funds with a fabulous raffle where you could WIN a brand new Peugeot 208 GT Pure Tech worth £25,990, generously donated by Frances Connolly courtesy of Hallidays of Bushmills and supported by actor James Nesbitt Plus, there are other amazing prizes up for grabs.”

Mill Strand Integrated is on a mission to bring the community together through sports. Credit Field of HopeMill Strand Integrated is on a mission to bring the community together through sports. Credit Field of Hope
Mill Strand Integrated is on a mission to bring the community together through sports. Credit Field of Hope

The school wants to develop a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at the school’s new Ballywillan Road site to support youth development through sport both within the school and the supporting the wider community.

"MUGAs are designed to help schools make the most of limited space and budgets. The idea is that, instead of having multiple pitches, costing more money and requiring more time for installation, schools can enjoy different sports using just one surface.”

The raffle to win the brand new car will run until September 30. Full details from www.fieldofhopeportrush.com