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5,000 attend Foyle Cup opening parade [photos]

Over 5,000 players, officials and family members gathered for the traditional Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup opening parade on Tuesday morning.

The tournament was officially opened by Mayor of Derry, Cllr Maolisa McHugh following the parade from Ulster University Magee Campus through Derry City Centre to Guildhall Square.

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Don Brown, Hughes Insurance Marketing and Sales Manager said: “This year is a record year for the tournament with well over 340  teams attending – many have travelled from Finland, Germany, France, America, Canada, England, Scotland and all over Ireland to take part in Ireland’s premier International Youth Football Tournament.

"Make no mistake – this tournament is a real success story because the players make it a success.  Everyone at Hughes Insurance is incredibly proud to be the title sponsor of the 2017 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup as Derry is very important to us."

The tournament started in 1992 with only eight teams - now over 340 teams compete  in less than a week.  From all at Hughes Insurance we wish every team taking part in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup 2017 the very best of luck and look forward to seeing the football stars of the future in action over the next week – right here in Derry and surrounding area.”

The parade itself was a most wonderful spectacle to behold, with a sea of brightly coloured tracksuited kids happily and joyfully march through the city to highlight the presence of youth in the North West area. Two teams delighted to be present were local Oxford Bulls and Sonic Sion Swifts who were competing in the first ever Sports with disability Foyle cup.

Michael Hutton, Chief organiser of the event, thanked the tournaments sponsors - Derry & Strabane District Council, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, The Executive Office, Tourism NI, Department for Communities (North west office), Hughes Insurance, Seagate, Inner City trust, Brunswick Moviebowl, Derry Credit Union - and expressed an even greater appreciation of the facilities provided by both Councils and community groups, stating that this is one of the reasons that the event continues to grow at such a rapid rate.

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