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By David Munn
Greenisland Legend - Corry Evans - supports Electric Ireland initiative
Northern Ireland's Corry Evans admits he wouldn't be where he is today if it wasn't for the positive influence of Greenisland FC.
Evans started off his football career with the club when he was just seven years on.
Fast forward two decades and the Blackburn midfielder is now an established international star.
Evans is now throwing his weight behind a new initiative to support grassroots football clubs - in a bid to unearth more Northern Ireland players of the future
He is helping launch Club Game Changers – a scheme developed by Electric Ireland and the Irish Football Association to enable local clubs to raise funds.
From today every time a customer switches to Electric Ireland online or over the phone and nominates a club under Club Game Changers, that club will receive £25.
This funding will go towards new equipment, football kits, bus journeys and much more and will help build strong foundations, allowing them to grow as a club and as a community.
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He believes his introduction to football moulded him into the player - and person - he is today.
"It's so important that young people get the right opportunities," he told Belfast Live Sport.
"When I was growing up, Greenisland was a big part of my childhood, and it helped get me to where I am today.
"I was seven years old when I joined Greenisland. It was only starting out as a boys' club but it built a strong reputation
"This Club Game Changers campaign will be a massive help to small clubs. It will give them a boost. This is great for grassroots football. Any help clubs can get, from equipment to transport costs, is massive.
“We all started somewhere and we all know that it is the power of communities pulling together that makes local clubs successful. This scheme is certainly an easy way of raising money for local grassroots football clubs supporting them in giving our future heroes an opportunity to achieve their goals."
Updated 13:28 - 16 Jan 2018 by Neil McGregor