Foyle Cup extravaganza kicks off with carnival parade
YOUNG footballers from around the world have converged on Londonderry as the Foyle Cup officially gets under way following the opening parade.
Thousands of people turned out yesterday to see the emerging stars launch the annual soccer tournament.
The competition continues to be one of the city's main summer attractions as the public turns out to support emerging local talent pitting their skills against world-class opposition.
Foyle Cup Chairman Michael Hutton has been heartened by the progress the competition has made over the years.
He said: “It is a true success story for all of us here in Derry city.
“It has been amazing to note the ever-growing interest in this event which began as a one-day, eight-team tournament in 1992 and now has developed into a truly international |festival of football. There can be no doubt about the respect the Foyle Cup has gained over the years. Our economy has been in a deep recession for the past five or six years and yet the tournament continues to prosper. This year we have 216 teams competing.”
Teams gathered at Ebrington Parade Ground yesterday, before crossing the Peace Bridge led by the Caw Flute Band and making its way along Foyle Embankment to the city’s walls.
Local clubs will be able to measure themselves against US-based Everton America, as well as English and Scottish Premiership teams such as Norwich, Glasgow Celtic and Hearts.
Mayor Martin Reilly said it was a great honour to welcome football teams and their families to Derry to take part in the tournament.
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