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28 January 2011



The Northern Ireland Assembly’s football team is taking on Belfast Deaf United (BDU) today. The match, which will take place in Blanchflower Park playing fields, will pit the MLA team against one of the Deaf League’s most experienced teams.

Captain of the MLAs’ team, Chris Lyttle MLA said: “We’re really excited about this opportunity to play BDU. Not only are we pleased to play at a higher level than we have previously, this match will be the first where we have fielded a full 11 strong team.

“As MLAs we are very used to dealing with tough competition but the team knows that this will be one of our hardest challenges. To play a team that is in the semi finals of the British Deaf Cup and playing either Fulham or Arsenal Deaf in March—we know that we will really have to use all our wit and skills.

“On a more serious note, we in the Assembly are always looking for ways to engage with local people. We want to show that while we take our responsibilities very seriously it is possible to reach out to an important group in a fun way.”

The match will begin with a photo opportunity at 16.15 at Blanchflower Park playing fields with the kick-off at 16.30. Supporters, media and the public are invited to cheer on their team.


Notes to the Editors:

Blanchflower Park playing fields are located on the Holywood Road and are located near to the Ulster Unionist headquarters and Shorts Recreational Playing Fields.

The Assembly Members who are taking part in the match are:

Chris Lyttle (Captain)
Kieran McCarthy
Simon Hamilton
Peter Weir
Alastair Ross
Basil McCrea
John McCallister
Conall McDevitt
Thomas Burns
Raymond McCartney
Cathal Boylan

For media enquiries please contact:

Susie Brown
Head of Communications
Northern Ireland Assembly
Tel: 028 9052 1161
Mobile: 07776 198226


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