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Fona and games

This weekend heralded the return of the hugely popular fonaCAB Development League.

Every Saturday morning, Solitude plays host to 44 teams across two age-groups, where boys and girls born in 2012-13 contest games consisting of three 12-minute periods in a fun and simplified environment.

“The fonaCAB Development League is a 4aSide competition with no goalkeepers,” explains Cliftonville’s Head of Youth Development Marc Smyth.

“The focus is on development with more touches, more passes and more goals, creating fun and making kids love the game.

“It has been a very popular addition to our underage set-up and, as well as welcoming girls’ teams from Larne, CSP and St Malachy’s, this week we were delighted to see Cliftonville’s Under 6s starting their own journeys within our academy.”