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Superstars Club wins 50,000!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

THE public have voted and a group in Cookstown has been announced as one of the winners of the People's Projects competition in Northern Ireland.
The Big Lottery Fund teamed up with UTV and The National Lottery to give the Northern Ireland public the chance to decide how 150,000 of funding could make a difference in their local area, with Cookstown Superstars Club receiving 50,000.
In Northern Ireland, five projects were shortlisted for National Lottery funding to develop their work to improve the lives of people in their communities.
The projects - which have all featured on UTV Live, Daily Mirror NI and Belfast Live - campaigned to the public for votes over a two week period. The three projects with the most votes have been awarded up to 50,000 each.
One of the winners is the Superstars Club by Multi Sport for Multi Abilities based in Cookstown.
Superstars Club supports young people and adults who have learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
They will use 50,000 to run a year-long programme of physical activities in the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena, to improve health and self-confidence.
There will be weekly sessions culminating in a final celebration event, and volunteers will be trained to deliver sessions in the future.
May McAvoy, chairperson of Superstars Club said: "We're absolutely delighted to have won. It'll make such a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities - they have special needs but great abilities and we want to maximise their talent.
"I want to thank everyone who helped with the campaign including friends, family, volunteers and businesses, and thank you to everyone who voted for us."
The Ulster Unionist Party's Group Leader on Mid-Ulster Council, Cookstown Councillor Trevor Wilson, congratulated Cookstown Superstars Club on their success.
Councillor Trevor Wilson said: "Superstars is a charity whose purpose is to provide life enhancing opportunities for people with learning disabilities, which are not available elsewhere.
“I know there will be a great deal of excitement in Cookstown and right across Mid-Ulster as a result of this most welcome news.
“I would like to thank everyone who voted for Cookstown Superstars and also pay tribute to the volunteers and young people who put in so much hard work on a regular basis.
“This is a great organisation, fully deserving of this award, which was won in the face of very strong competition from so many other excellent projects."
The other winners are the Huddle Project from uHub Therapy Centre in North Down and Ards and the Get Up and Go Green Project from Longstone Special School PSA in Dundonald.

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