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The blooms of youth

This afternoon’s Danske Bank Premiership fixture between Cliftonville and Glentoran may have been postponed for a week, but there was no shortage of entertainment on show at Solitude today, when the latest installment of the fonaCAB Development League was played out.

Every Saturday morning, our historic home plays host to 54 teams across two age-groups, where hundreds of boys and girls born in 2012-13 contest games consisting of three 12-minute periods in a fun and simplified environment – and there’s plenty more to keep the next generation occupied in the days ahead thanks to the Cliftonville FC Skill School.

Open to boys and girls of mixed abilities aged 4-9, sessions – which consist of expert guidance from fully qualified coaches – take place between 4.45-5.45pm every Monday and Wednesday and, at a cost of just £3, provide the perfect sporting environment for youngsters to improve their social, interactive and footballing skills, so why not bring your son or daughter along this week and let them experience the fun for themselves?