Provide Fan Zones for Euro 16

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For some months now we have been calling on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to begin the process of establishing a `fan zone` in Carrickfergus during the `Euro 16` international football tournament being held in France.
It has become a source of great frustration to us to have networked with many local politicians with the view of screening the Northern Ireland football matches during Euro 16 in Carrickfergus over the past several months to no avail whilst watching neighbouring Councils make arrangements for similar events. It has also been a huge disappointment to us to be told during this networking that this has been brought forward to senior officials and has been blocked from Council business.
While Mid and East Antrim Borough Council recognised this great achievement by way of a civic reception for IFA and team officials it is now time to give the opportunity to local communities to join together in the success and celebration. We wish the council to consider providing an opportunity for those that are unable to travel to France by creating the electric atmosphere in Carrickfergus itself. Hopefully for a small outlay there would be an economic benefit to local communities and businesses if localised events where organised during the campaign in June.
If managed correctly such an event would bring much needed footfall to our struggling Town Centre Business and be a catalyst for the inspiration of our children, who due to the advances of technology are becoming increasingly less likely to participate in sporting activity, leaving a legacy of poor physical health. We are further confident that such a venture would be supported by the Irish Football Association, and would attract significant and positive media coverage for our Town.
Northern Ireland has enjoyed an impressive sporting era, with the Giro d Italia and prestige Golf events being excellent examples of what we have to offer the sporting world, including the short term investment in Carrickfergus to host the `Giro` in particular, this being the case we look forward to similar enthusiasm being used in this venture.


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