Homegrown pizzeria brand, Little Wing has provided a much-needed cash boost to eight local kids’ clubs, including CIYMS Minis Rugby Club in Ballyhackamore.
Over the last nine years, Little Wing has donated over £100,000 to local community groups, schools and charities through various forms of sponsorships, bursaries, voucher donations and fundraisers. The Little Stars bursary scheme, which launched in 2014, is an integral part of the homegrown pizza chain’s ongoing community outreach programme and has supported a total of 34 children’s clubs across Northern Ireland to date.
This year, Little Wing will support the fantastic work of a range of clubs, spanning everything from sports and computer coding to a club tackling social isolation amongst children. This year’s recipients also include: Belfast-based Crackerz Coding Club and Cooke RFC Girls Youth, Entourage Elite Cheer Newtownards, Bangor Mae Murray Club, Lisburn Taekwondo Club and Broadmeadow Juniors from Enniskillen. Each club will receive a bursary of £500 to support their work in the local communities within which Little Wing operates.
Alan McGonigle, a coach from the P7 Minis at CIYMS in Ballyhackamore, said: “It is a huge boost for CIYMS mini rugby to be awarded this bursary by Little Wing. We have an excellent group of boys in the P7 mini rugby age group and very supportive coaches and parents who will be delighted to receive this funding.
“The money will go towards new equipment and an end of season tour for the boys, most of whom have been with us since the age of 5 or 6, as they reach the culmination of their journey with the club. It is really encouraging to see a locally owned business like Little Wing giving back to the community and supporting grass roots sport in east Belfast.”
Luke Wolsey, managing director of Little Wing Pizzeria, commented on the growing success of the initiative: “We received a record number of applications for our Little Wing Little Stars bursary scheme, from clubs right across Northern Ireland. As the scheme enters its fifth year, it’s really encouraging to see awareness of the Little Wing Little Stars bursaries continue to grow, but it also shows that there is an increasing demand for financial support, against a backdrop of funding cuts across the board.
“We are proud that, as a local business, we have been able to make a positive difference and support the incredible impact that these local kids’ groups have in their local communities.”
Little Wing is part of the Beannchor Group, Ireland’s largest hospitality group, which boasts a portfolio of over 50 pubs, hotels and restaurants across Northern Ireland.
For further information, visit littlewingpizzeria.com