Foyle Cup a great platform for local talents, says McGinn
Northern Ireland International Niall McGinn flew home to attend yesterday's launch of the O'Neills Foyle Cup.
The former Derry City and Celtic star - who played in the tournament with Dungannon Swifts - praised the Foyle Cup for the opportunities it has provided for young players to showcase their footballing talents.
"I have great memories of playing in the Foyle Cup and the excitement of meeting players and coaches from both the local and pro teams who come to play in this competition each year," said the 31-year-old.
"I am honoured to be part of the 2019 launch of this fantastic tournament which gave myself and many other local kids the opportunity to progress into professional football clubs both at home and abroad."
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle, also paid tribute to the Foyle Cup, which will see in excess of 400 teams from across the world compete in approximately 1,550 matches between July 22-27.
"Derry City and Strabane District Council is delighted to support the O'Neills Foyle Cup which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the country and a key event not just for our own city and district but also for our neighbouring Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council," said councillor Boyle.
"It is also a major economic driver for the north west, particularly with regards to hotel occupancy for the visiting teams and officials who require accommodation during the week-long tournament.
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"We wish Michael Hutton and his team continued success with this year's event and I look forward to joining the O'Neills Foyle Cup parade and attending the matches next month."
Speaking on behalf of the title sponsors, O'Neills International Sports Company Ltd, John Murphy of O'Neills, said: "O'Neills are proud sponsors of this home-grown tournament which attracts hundreds of teams from across the world.
"This is the second year of our sponsorship of this prestigious international youth soccer event, now approaching its 30th year, putting the north west firmly on the map. We have no doubt this year's event will be another massive success."