In Pictures: Derry goes global as Foyle Cup kicks off
Londonderry was a sea of colour as 140 teams from around the world taking part in the Foyle Cup paraded through the city centre.
Tournament organiser Michael Hutton described the parade as “tremendous”, adding that it had come along way since 1992 when only eight teams had taken part.
The Foyle Cup runs from July 19-24 with the U19 Group Games kicking off the tournament last night.
Michael Hutton said: “We're absolutely delighted with the way the parade went today. There has been a festival of colour in the city centre with all the teams coming through to Guildhall Square.”
“We've teams from Canada, the US, Hungary, the Middle East, England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
“It is tremendous. What was most pleasing was at the Press launch Foyle MP Mark Durkan said that the UK City of Culture bid was able to point to the success of the Foyle Cup.
“It started in 1992 as a one day tournament with eight teams and now it is a six-day festival that fills all the hotels in the North West and into Donegal. It is a great accolade for us that we did our bit.”
He added: This tournament is now known world wide. It's not just the teams coming over but their families as well. Visitors coming here are given a welcome like nowhere else.”
”The hotels really look after them, the players must think they are professionals. I think it augers well for the future.”
Results for the tournament can be found at www.foylecup.com