Hundreds of budding young football players from north and south of the border are set to descend upon the Valley Leisure Centre on Saturday, August 4 for the launch of the first-ever Peace Cup, hosted by the Carnmoney Football Development Centre (FDC).
As well as showcasing the young players’ skills on the field, the tournament is aimed at helping build relationships and respect between children from a diverse range of backgrounds.
The event, which is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs (Anglo Irish department), will see players aged nine to 11 from Shelbourne, Home Farm, Drogheda, Bangor Rangers, Larne Youth, St Mary’s on the Hill, Aquinas and Carnmoney FDC’s own teams come together to participate in the tournament.
The Deputy Mayor of Newtownabbey, alderman Fraser Agnew, was joined by Paul Burns, a coach from the Carnmoney FDC, to launch the event at Mossley Mill.
Alderman Agnew said: “It’s fantastic that so many young people can be brought together through football in this way.”
This fantastic event is a first for the Borough. Sport and Play Development Officer Dean Holmes added: “Newtownabbey is proving itself once again to be at the leading edge of football development and hopefully this will be the start of many more Peace Cup tournaments!”
Spectators are encouraged to come and support the players involved in the competitions. Organisers say there will be plenty to amuse the whole family with food, entertainment, guest presentations and much more.