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Young people invited to join together as EYC19 winner is announcement

11 November 2016

With the announcement of the 2019 European Youth Capital winner just days away the youth of Derry~Strabane are invited to gather at a number of locations throughout the city and district to hear the announcement on Wednesday 16th November.

Thousands have been involved in the fifteen month campaign taking part in workshops, debates and events to develop and shape the EYC19 bid. The excitement has been building since the final submission and there is a real sense of expectation of the huge possibilities that the prestigious European Youth title would bring to young people across the district.

Derry~Strabane is vying for the title against Amiens in France, Manchester, Novi Sad in Serbia and the Italian city of Perugia. The Mayor Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock is keen to bring together as many people as possible to watch the results. Calling for the city and districts youth to come along to the celebrations on Wednesday evening, she said, ‘I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this campaign. It has unlocked huge creativity and passion. Our young people have done us proud and delivered an exceptional EYC19 programme.

‘A delegation from the Council area will be in Varna for the announcement and everyone and especially young people are invited to gather in any of the four designated locations of Our Space in Waterloo Place, Strabane Youth Resource Centre, the Derg Valley Leisure Centre Castlederg and the Diamond Centre in Claudy from 6.30pm until 8.00pm to hear the announcement, there will also be some tasty pizza and music to enjoy.’

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Director of Legacy Oonagh McGillion, also conveyed her gratification to all involved. ‘The team is so pleased with the work that has gone into this bid and our young people have been an inspiration throughout the bidding process.

‘Their energy has been building and building throughout the campaign and their programme ideas are underpinned by a great desire for inclusion, strong emotional wellbeing, a shared voice, employment and creativity. Their EYC19 programme will undoubtedly be of significant benefit to our young people as well as future generations.’

The 2019 European Youth Capital winner will be announced at the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members meeting on Wednesday 16th November. For more details on the Derry City and Strabane District Council EYC bid, visit www.eyc19.com or e-mail [email protected].