All members of Limestone United sign up for our Charter.
What being a member of the group means
Honesty, Respect, Friendship, Inspiring Others, Positive Leadership.
The core values of the group
Anti-sectarianism, Equality, Friendship, Trust, Engagement, Community, Active Citizenship.
Commitment to a shared future
This group have developed this charter to assist in the personal development of ourselves and the development of our associated communities within the expression of a shared future. We see sharing on a human and relationship level as necessary to building that shared future.
Our core concern is geared towards addressing the issue of sectarianism within our communities; an objective to which we remain committed.
Why the group is important
Need a landing page built Brings people together, gives young people a voice and takes us away from other problems.
What becoming involved does for our members
Opens your eyes, gives a realisation of others, opens doors into friendship and uses the medium of sport to build good relations in Lower North Belfast area.
Our group currently takes a leadership role within these communities and wants to widen our leadership capacity so that we can inspire both our peers and the upcoming generation towards creating a space for enhanced engagement, on both a personal and community basis. We firmly believe that within this agenda to inspire, that creating a platform for the development of a representative youth voice remains a core consideration.
Playing for Limestone United made me wise up quite a bit but in the past things I done caught up with me and when I was 17 I was arrested for attempted murder.
Long story short this case went on for over 3 years and in that time, I had got myself a job, moved into my own house and my partner was expecting our first child. I ended up going to jail for it.
I appealed my sentence, I had done 6 months then it was time for my hearing. The case against me was that I was a sectarian bigot but the references I had about my time in the football team changed all that and they came from Police and catholic and protestant youth workers in the Limestone area of North Belfast.
Their argument fell apart and in my eyes Limestone United got me out of jail and got me to see the birth of my daughter which I would have missed if I had not got out of jail so from that day I have always wanted to do good for my team and to repay the things they had done for me.
I can see it now having an impact on the younger generation which is brilliant to think it has come so far and still going from strength to strength.
My thoughts on playing for Limestone United is that it has been the best thing that has ever happened to the Limestone Road and the Tigers bay.
If it was not for Brian and Stuart making this team up and bringing the two sides together I probably would still be in a sectarian mindset, throwing bottles and bricks for no reason but religion.
To me personally it has made a big impact on my life with meeting new people, bringing sides together and moving forward in life.
Over the last few years working with the Limestone United group I have met people that I never thought would be possible to get along with, so I owe a big thank you for everybody’s hard work and effort that has been put into the team and hope more people can follow in our footsteps to bring sides together in the future.
I am now coaching the Limestone United junior football team and it’s a fantastic opportunity to give back something to stop any more.
Playing for Limestone United has benefitted me a lot as in getting to know myself in different situations.
It has helped me make friends and relationships with people I thought did not like me, getting to know new people and growing in confidence every time there is an event or match.
Also building relationships I already have with my friends to get closer to them by playing for Limestone United. Brian and Stuart look after me and the rest of the team well and understand us.
It also keeps me out of trouble around difficult times and if I am ever going through anything Limestone is always around the corner to help. I am also learning new things with our educational work dealing with racism.
“The main aspect of this is bringing both sides together, and it’s worked.”
Check out this article and video on Belfast Live
Limestone United on ‘breaking down barriers’ at North Belfast interface for 11 years
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Between The Lines
In this episode of the podcast, we hear about Limestone United, a cross-community football team that does a lot more than play football.