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Watch: First ever Cribby World Cup launches in Belfast

One of Northern Ireland's most loved childhood games is set to get a lot more competitive, with the launch of the first ever Cribby World Cup.

The competition, organised for west Belfast's Feile an Phobail, has become one of the most anticipated events of this year's festival - sparking heated debates on the name of the game itself: Cribby? Kerby? Kerbsie?

Split into four categories - 12 and under, 16 and under, adult and team - the tournament will be organised across five districts: Falls, Shankill, Upper Springfield, Andersonstown/Lenadoon and Colin.

Heats will take place in the coming weeks and run until the end of July, with the finals being played on the last day of the festival on August 11.

Community groups from across Belfast gathered for the official launch of the tournament on Tuesday and Feile director Kevin Gamble said he was delighted so many people are getting involved.

"The competition is about reigniting interest in old street games, regenerating community spirit, getting young and old away from TV screens and out into the open air to engage with family, friends, and different generations for some fun," he said.

"This competition has been made possible by the engagement and organisation of the local community, true to Feile An Phobail’s ethos of a people’s festival, and for the support of the local community we are very much indebted.

"So check out details for your area representatives and get registered, get practising, and good luck to you all."

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