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World Police and Fire Games kick off at Stormont

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Sports Minister, Carál Ní Chilín, today attended the kick-off of the soccer tournament for the World Police and Fire Games at the Stormont Estate.

The tournament involves teams from across the globe, including Brazil, Gibraltar and Hong Kong, as well as local teams.

Speaking as the first games got underway the Minister said: “I am sure the Stormont Estate is one of the more unusual venues at which our visitors have played, with Parliament Buildings nearby.

“After all the planning and organisation it is great to see the tournaments getting underway. With the official opening ceremony just around the corner, the atmosphere and excitement is really starting to build. I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to get out to the events and cheer the athletes on.

“All the events are free and most are open to the public. Along with the more traditional sports of cricket, rugby and Gaelic football there are also the more unique competitions of wrist wrestling, dodgeball and the stair racing. I would encourage everyone to visit the company website to find out more. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Notes to editors:

1.Six sports get underway today including 3v3 basketball, 20/20 cricket, soccer 5s & 11s, and indoor volleyball. For more information on events visit

2.Press Eye is the official WPFG photographer. Images can be downloaded from 1-10 August from Use event key WPFG2013.

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