A new street art project has been unveiled at Windsor Park celebrating some of the stadium’s most memorable moments.
The Irish FA Foundation, the Linfield Supporters Trust, the Greater Village Regeneration Trust and the Amalgamation of Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs have joined forces for the project, which also celebrates the connection between the football teams and the southern village district. from Belfast.
The project saw the erection of plaques celebrating some of the most famous moments in Northern Irish and Linfield history at Windsor Park, as well as new murals designed by children at Donegall Primary School Road.
The murals were created in a place that has been ravaged by anti-social behavior and graffiti in recent years and show the power football has in bringing people together.
They were unveiled by Linfield Manager and Northern Ireland great David Healy at a ceremony on Monday.
Chris Wright, Irish Community Relations Officer at FA, said: âThis is the first step in a multi-phased project, and we look forward to continuing to engage with the community and to celebrate the IFA events at Windsor Park National Football Stadium, nothing more. than the very first women’s international match of last week, which we have already confirmed as our next storyboard to be erected.
Linfield Football Club General Manager Pat Fenlon commented: âLinfield FC are delighted to see this project come to fruition. The artwork enhances the area and I’m sure all visitors will be impressed with the quality of the work.
Angela Johnston of the Greater Village Regeneration Trust said she was proud the community was able to get involved in the project, saying the village residents have a strong affinity with Linfiend and the NI National Team.
She said: âGVRT is very happy to have been involved in this project since its inception. We serve the Greater Village area just beyond the gates of Windsor Park, where residents have a strong affinity with the local Linfield team and national teams.
âOur role in this project was to create the community ties that are vitally important to Windsor’s rich history. We involved local children in the creation of some of the graffiti art as part of the ‘facility to create a cohesive and inclusive piece that the community can be proud of. “
Reflecting on the fan-driven program, Gary McAllister, President of the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs, said: âI am really delighted to see this project come to fruition and I hope other fans will smile when they see the celebrating some of Northern Ireland’s most memorable home wins.
“I would like to thank our partners in the project steering group – the Linfield Supporters Trust, the Greater Village Regeneration Trust and the IFA Foundation for their contribution to what has been true teamwork.”
The development of street arts is one component of a larger Good Relations Project implemented by the Irish FA Foundation funded by the Executive Board as well as by partnership funding from the Community Relations Council, Stadium Community Benefits Initiative, Belfast City Council and the Department for Communities.