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Fingers crossed as Council submits EYC application

27 June 2016

Derry City and Strabane District Council has just submitted its formal application to reach the next stage in the city’s bid for the title of European Youth Capital 2019.

The district is now in the final running for the title having been shortlisted against four other European cities, Amiens in France, Manchester, Novi Sad in Serbia, and the Italian city of Perugia.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said she was delighted to reach the next milestone in the process. “It’s fantastic that the district has reached this stage in the application process having been shortlisted in the top five destinations,” she declared.

“So much work has gone into preparing the application, which has been shaped by extensive joint working with young people across the district. Their involvement has been essential in identifying the key issues affecting local youth and their priorities in terms of improving and introducing essential services and facilities for young people here.

“I would really encourage everyone in our district to really get behind the bid and make EYC19 a reality for our young people.”

It will be August 19th before the judges return their verdict and Derry and Strabane will then make the third and final submission to the independent jury for 9th October. The jury will meet in November to debate the final applications before announcing their selection for the title of European Youth Capital 2019. The winner will be announced at the European Youth Forum’s General Assembly on 16th November 2016.

Director of Legacy with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Oonagh McGillion, said she was confident that the city and district had put forward a strong application for the title. “The EYC team has been overwhelmed by the level of support to date from our young people. They have really connected with the bid and recognise the unique opportunity EYC19 presents in terms improving the future prospects of young people living here.

“We have been working closely with our youth to refine the application to reflect their ambitions for the district in terms of the key themes. I am confident that all the hard work has resulted in a robust case for Derry and Strabane achieving the title of European Youth Capital.

“I want to warmly thank everyone for their participation and support to date. We will continue to build on these foundations over the coming weeks ahead of the feedback in August to ensure we are ready to take this process to the next stage.”

One local pupil from Castlederg High School, who has been one of the hundreds to support the EYC bid, Louise Moore said: “I’m really pleased that the Derry-Strabane Council Area have been shortlisted to the last five to become EYC 2019, and have now submitted their application. The European Youth Capital means a lot to me as I know it will benefit the youth of Derry and Strabane massively, especially for those who live in rural areas like myself as it will offer new opportunities and experiences.

“The aim of EYC is to engage with as many young people as possible so that they can help shape the future for the youth of this area. I look forward to working towards this goal and seeing how this develops with EYC for my area.”

The application, which was submitted on Sunday, was based on the original concept paper which secured the top five position for the district. This concept paper brought together the opinions and ideas of hundreds of local young people around the themes of Youth Democracy; Health and Well-being; Access and Inclusion; Education and Employability and a Culture Programme.  They have been engaging with the EYC team at a number of events including the Make it Happen workshops, smaller workshop meetings throughout Derry and Strabane, and youth focus groups.

To find out more about the EYC bid and how you can contribute to the bid go to www.derrystrabane.com/eyc19

The EYC competition is open to all areas within the Continent of Europe.