22nd in the Community
Santa Claus is coming to .......... Woodvale
Sunday 16th December saw 22nd Old Boys run a Christmas party for our players kids and young girls teams. The day was a great success with face painting, bouncy castle, disco and even the big man himself making an appearance. The kiddies were superb and had a blast though I think a few saw through Santa lol.
Ladies Speak Out
Today the 22nd Old Boys & Ladies FC were humbled and proud to lay a wreath at the spot of the Shankill bombing at 13.06pm the exact time the explosion went off. This was to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of this murderous act carried out by savages on the innocent shoppers on the Shankill.
Ahead of the Game
Monday 8th October saw the 22nd Old Boys attend TAMHI and IFA Ahead of the Game workshop at Girdwood Community Hub. The members of the clubs committee have come away a lot more informed of how they can help not just the members of our club but of the wider community. We will continue to work with both TAMHI and the IFA to help promote positive mental awareness within the 22nd Old Boys & Ladies FC.
Walking for Hope
On Sunday 9th September the 22nd Old Boys supported Hope Walk at Stormount. We donated 3 of our tops so that TAMHI and SAMHI could spell out the word HOPE with 305 football jerseys representing the 305 people who tragically took their own lives this year. This was also supported by Ulster Rugby, N.Ireland Football team and GAA.
Kick It Up The Mountain
World Champions....... Almost!
Sunday 8th April 2018 saw a 22nd select team take part in the Tamhi world cup 7aside Tournament at Girdwood community Hub. This tournament was set up to help raise funds for Tamhi and to promote mental awareness.
A selection of players from all 3 senior teams and even the 1 of the 2nd team management team turned up with their sponsor forms and funds they raised. A minute silence was held a the beginning to remember the pass of young Carter Carson from 18th Newtownabbey youth. The tournament got under way and was played in great spirit. The 2's got through their group and beat the hosts Tamhi in the semi final on penalties. The final finished 1-1 and Bulldogs unfortunately won the shoot out.
Some of the highlights were Cheung trying a scissor kick. The ball flew straight up in the air and as he lay in a heap landed on him, much to everyone's amusement. Big Matt won the most hooked player of the tournament as he was hooked at least once a game.
Great day out was had by all and some good laughs along the way and of course all for a good cause.
22nd Play against Cancer
Sunday 19th November saw the 22nd Old Boys/Ladies play a mixed team match to raise some money for Action Cancer and the SAFE group.
The ladies and men turned out in Woodvale park refed by a very dodgy Philip McWilliams.
The highlights of the day were a wonder save from B.kirker, Maitland emptying Jade to score followed by her getting revenge, Vicky generally kicking all round her, Katrina missing an empty net from 1 yard and Scuttle trying AGAIN to kill a Lo e flying sea gull. Great laugh and more importantly some money raised for great charities
Saturday 4th November saw the 22nd Old Boys/Ladies FC unveil their new It's Ok to talk sign at their home pitch at Clarendon. With various help line/charity numbers on it we hope it will provide a positive mental health message to those using the facility.
Also pictured is our 2nd team and our club mark logo.
The 22nd Old Boys were delighted to be part of the launch for new community initiative in the Greater Shankill area, Hope Zone.
As a place that ;
. Provides confidentiality- that allows people to share.
. Offers connections to other support resources and networks.
. Offers comfort knowing that others are in the same position.
. Reduces feelings of isolation.
. Improves coping strategies.
. Focuses on solutions to problems.
People who have been caring for a family member or friend with a mental.health condition or find themselves dealing with one crises after another - know that it is a challenging situation and often find themselves alone and isolated. This can lead to frustrations in families and relationships causing distress to care givers, knowing that their loved one is not ready to accept help yet.
Friends and family often step in to provide support or a listening ear, but unless they are in the situation with the primary caregiver, they may not understand it fully, and the stressful impact the actions are having on the individuals directly effected.
Hope Zone will be helpful - a safety net in fact - for the care giver.
World Mental Health Day with the 2's
22nd Old Boys took time before their game on Saturday, 7th October 2017 to pose with the opposotion, 4th Newtownabbey to show their support and recognition for World Menal Health Day.
This was done as part of the scheme within the NAFL to have all clubs send out the message that #ItsOKToTalk
As always, the 22nd Old Boys were more than accommodating to this great cause
22nd Ladies took part in East Belfast ladies tournament on Sunday 10th September.
The ladies used the opportunity to promote positive mental health and to mark World suicide prevention day.
Highlighting Mental Health Awareness
The 22nd Old Boys FC with the help of TAMHI got wrist bands and a banner to highlight the initiative it's ok to talk. The wrist bands were distributed throughout our 3 senior teams, youth teams and Ladies team. This we feel is a great way to promote mental wellbeing and the banner will be hung in a prominent place at our home pitch at Clarendon for all to see. The 22nd Old Boys FC with the help of TAMHI got wrist bands and a banner to highlight the initiative it's ok to talk. The wrist bands were distributed throughout our 3 senior teams, youth teams and Ladies team. This we feel is a great way to promote mental wellbeing and the banner will be hung in a prominent place at our home pitch at Clarendon for all to see.
Pretty In Pink 2016
Saturday 9th October 2016
Mary Wasson Cup (Breast Cancer)
Ligoniel 3-6 22ndA
22nd went to Cliftonvilles ground to play a charity match v Ligoniel in the Mary Wasson Cup. All proceeds going to pretty in pink Breast Cancer.
The game started with a mixed 22nd team some from each team on the pitch plus our keeper Cheung thinking he was a striker. Ligoniel started very brightly and it wasn't long before they opened the scoring with a great finish from the edge of the box 1-0. It was nearly doubled very quickly only for McAneney to make a fine save to his right. The 2's started to get back into the game when some boys loosened up from Saturdays game and a great strike from club captain Burrows from the outside the box saw the 2's level 1-1. It wasn't long before the 22nd took the lead with some nice build up play saw Maxi round the keeper to make it 2-1 22nd. Both teams were creating opportunities but it was the 22nd who struck next. Some 35 yards from goal Maitland took a quick free kick spoting the keeper of his line he chipped him superbly 3-1 22nd. 2's made a few changes giving chocolate ankles Cheung a rest for later in the game. The half finished 3-1.
The 2nd half started in spectacular fashion when straight from the kick off Maitland spoting the keeper of his line chipped him from the half way line (Alonso in disguise) 4-1 what a hit !! Ligoniel rallied and put pressure on the 22nd forcing McAneney into some fine saves though it was heard from the side line that he fell to make the saves. Then a mix up at the back saw Ligoniel get a lifeline to make it 4-2. The 22nd always looking dangerous on the break got a 5th when a great cross field pass from the better maxi saw young Chad race through to cooly finish to make it 5-2. Then a moment the crowd couldn't believe. McAneney dropped a simple catch fell over, done a roll and then flopped about like a dead fish while Ligoniel finished from close to make it 5-3. Ligoniel kept pressing but the 22nd held out and right at the death make it 6 when Burrows unusually clinical lept like a salmon to finish with his face. 6-3 22nd.
The game was played in a great spirit and was done so in memory of Mary Wasson. An enjoyable day had by all and a tidy sum raised for a great charity.
World Suicide Prevention Day @ The 2's
As today 10th September was World suicide prevention day the 22nd Old Boys teams put out the message #itsoktotalk.
We as a club take this very seriously and are working hard with Extern, Hope4youth, TAMHI and the new football group SAMHI (suicide and mental health initiative) to bring a positive message to the players within our club and to the local community.
Supporting Suicide Awareness
After the tragic event recently, 22nd Old Boys are again pushing out the message that suicide is not the answer and that help is at hand in a number of forms.
Whether its talking to a team-mate or a member of our coaching staff, your troubles will stay strictly confidential.
We at the 22nd have individuals who have had training to deal with these issues. We also have a club Welfare Officer, at hand 24/7.
Also, available are a number of organisations who specialise in this area.
So please talk, if your in distress.
Stamp Out The Stigma
Saturday 21st May 2016 saw the 22nd Old Boys attend and speak at a mental awareness programme at Mosley Mill Newtownabbey, Stamp Out The Stigma.
It was opened by social worker, Marbeth Kirker and Physiatric nurse, Gemma Cameron. Joe Donnelly spoke from Tamhi and B.Kirker from 22nd Old Boys on their organisations work you promote a positive mental wellbeing through sport. A personal story from the audience was shared which was very moving.
Best selling author Felicia Johnson who had flown all the way from America then spoke of her own life story surrounding mental health issues. How she dealt with them and continues to do so as well as now helping others.
There was a break for tea and coffee before the afternoon was rounded of with some therapeutic African drums, which was enjoyed by all who took part.
The event was on the whole a huge success bringing together many service providers from all over South Antrim area and beyond some great contacts made by all but the most important out come was the message that mental health is not an embarrassing problem and STAMP OUT THE STIGMA.
Time to Help
Wednesday 9th March 2016 saw the 22nd Old Boys FC come together with FASA and Hope For Youth to do a leaflet drop to raise awareness for mental health around the Shankill area.
The importance of this information drop was increased with the news that FASA was to close, Leaving Belfast and the Shankill area very short of essential services.
We as a club felt it was important to get as much information on remaining services such as Lifeline into the local community as soon as possible.
The 22nd delivered leaflets on Take 5 for Wellbeing and leaflets with other services numbers:
Lifeline 0808 808 8000
Samaritans 116 123
PIPS 0800 088 6042
Lighthouse 028 9075 5070
Lest We Forget
Saturday 7th November saw all four 22nd teams wear their poppies with pride and observe a minutes silence before their games along with their opposition and the referees.
The Referee at our U17 game even gave the guys a short talk as to why they were doing it. Nice touch!
They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
Saturday 7th November saw the 22nd Old Boy's come together with FASA to do a sponsored waxing in aid of The Safe Together Project (Families effected by suicide).
The 22nd members took sponsor sheets and got a lot of sponsors for this great cause. Then a brave few put their bodies on the line and in woodvale cricket club anyone could buy a wax strip and remove a strip of hair of one of the guys. Though painful, this was a huge success in raising a substantial sum for this great charity and was also great fun in the process.
Images of the event can be viewed in our albums
Pretty N Pink
Sunday 27th September, a 22nd select played Ligoniel at Solitude in memory of Mary Wasson with all proceeds going to pretty n pink breast cancer charity.
The game kicked off at a packed Solitude with the crowd getting a rare glimpse of W.Cheung playing as a lone striker and the 100th comeback of B.Kirker. All 4 teams from within the club were represented.
The game started with Ligoniel on the front foot and the impressive R.Miller making a string of fine saves. The 22nd defended resolutely but on 30 minutes, a 5 minute spell of madness, saw Ligoniel run in 3 quick goals. But the 22nd composed themselves and W.Cheung (claiming it was a shot) crossed from 25 yards and the ball bounced of the bar with the keeper stranded.
With the back 5 under a lot of pressure and thanks to Frankie and Dougies tireless efforts, they managed to keep it to 3-0 to the break.
The 2nd half started badly for the 2's with Ligoniel scoring within 2 minutes.
Then a pivotal moment. Brownlee whipped in a wicked free kick with W.Cheung getting on the end and the Ligoniel keeper making a great save only to see B.Kirker rampaging into to box to drive an "unstoppable" shot into the roof of the net. The crowd of 15 went mad as this is a true collectors item.
But credit to Ligoniel they kept up the passing and pressure, putting the 22nd to the sword with 3 more goals before the referee showed mercy and blew for full time.
Paul Forbes of Ligoniel WMC thanked everyone for their participation in this very worth while charitable event. With B.Kirker responding, thanking Ligoniel for the invite and to wish them well for the season.
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Take 5 is a Huge Success
Saturday, 22nd August, Woodvale Park
Take 5 For Wellbeing Cup
This past Saturday saw the 22nd Old Boy's hold the inaugural Take 5 For Wellbeing Cup tournament at Woodvale Park. This cross community tournament was created to raise awareness of mental health through football. With help from FASA, TAMHI, IFA, Belfast City Council, Coca Cola, Hope For Youth, Shankill Womens Centre, Carl Morrison photography and Woodvale Cricket Club, the 22nd Old Boy's put together a family fun day and football tournament. There were bouncy castles and face painting for the kiddies.
It was great to see Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE up at the event mucking in helping the agencies set up and giving the boys a bit of craic.
Roberta from FASA, doing hourly walks for depression round the park, was great for engaging those not involved with football.
Thankfully the weather was kind to us and a great and successful day was had by all involved.
On the football side of things 8 teams competed. 22ndA, 22ndB, 2ndB, Westland, Ballykeel, Rockathletic, New Santos & Belfast Deaf Utd. The football ran really well with all teams competing very hard to emerge from the groups.
Shock winners of group A were 2ndB with runners up Rock Athletic. Group B winners Ballykeel with runners up New Santos.
In the Semi-finals another shock. 2ndB won 1-0 v New Santos, the under dogs were in the final. In the other Semi-final no such story as the impressive Ballykeel ran out 4-0 winners over a tiring Rock Athletic. Then the final. A story of 2 saves. The Ballykeel centre forward headed the ball towards the top corner only for 2ndB keeper to pull of a world class save. At the other end the young 22nd U17's keeper helping out the keelers as their keeper got called to work, making a great save to deny 2ndB a winner.
To penalties. 2 each then saw Ballykeel blaze a penalty wide and up stepped a 2ndB player to win the under dogs the cup. 2ndB (wee Bootle st) never conceded a goal throughout the entire tournament and were very worthy winners.
Player of the tournament Stephen Telford ( 2ndB)
Fasa moment of the tournament Darren Cummings ( Ballykeel )
Top goal scorer Daniel Arbuthnot (2ndB)
After the presentations were made, everyone retired to Woodvale CC for some food and refreshments. This ended what was a very good day both on and off the field of play hopefully with people taking away some knowledge arround mental health services in the Shankill area.
We hope this to be an annual tournament ran every year around the end of August.
An injustice to Dyllan Hunter
Recently one of our players originally from South Africa was faced with deportation in what truly was a stunning injustice. Having went to the media and politicians, Dyllan Hunter's family faced the real possibility that this may well happen. As a club player, Dyllan has been with us for 5 years and is one of the nicest guys you could meet.
As a club we decided we should help as much as we can. We ran a fundraiser to help with the families spiraling legal fees and we set up an online petition through the clubs welfare officer which gathered over 7500 signatures. We at 22nd, know this to be a small contribution but felt we had to show our support for Dyllan and his family. The support he recieved not only from witin the club but from outside of it (teams he plays against from all parts of the community) was truly outstanding and inspirational.
His fight continues but he recently got his national insurance number back which is a positive step and has allowed Dyllan to get back to work. Something he has never shied away from.
Welcome Back Baffer
The club, after many years, would like to welcome back Gary Larkin.
Gary who played for the 22nd in his younger days brings with him a wealth of invaluable youth team coaching experience from his time coaching at Shankill Juniors.
Gary was out of football for some time having suffered a stroke.
Recently he contacted the club after hearing we were setting up a youth team to offer his services. The club were only to happy to welcome Gary back to were he started his football many years ago and I am sure he will fit once again straight back into the 22nd family where his vast knowledge and experience will, I'm sure, prove invaluable.
Safe Talk Suicide Awareness
22nd completed Safe Talk training through FASA on Shankill Road. Big thank you to Roberta Coates for training the guys. It was a very worth while course for all who attended.
The Suicide awareness course was attended by both coaching staff and players.
In attendance were first team manager Brian Kirker and assistant manager Philip McWilliams as well as Youth team manager William Simpson.
The playing staff were represented by club Captain Jacky Burrows, Curtis Wynne, Matt Shaw, Neil McAneney, Matthew Hall, Andrew McCrea and William Cheung