The draw for the first ever Craigavon Cup football tournament took place recently at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre – with an astounding 96 teams due to take part.
Taking place on the May Bank Holiday – 5th May – thousands of young footballers, parents, coaches and supporters will all descend into the Borough for an exciting day of football.
Organised through ‘Playing for the Future’ – a football academy that brings communities together through sport – the Craigavon Cup will see players coming from all over Ireland to participate.
The Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Mark Baxter along with Trevor Jones – son of the late Glenavon footballer Jimmy Jones - carried out the draw while UTV Sports reporter, Denise Watson was there to compere the draw.
The tournament will see children aged from under-seven to under-12 competing throughout the day at Gordon Playing Fields with the grand final being held in Mourneview Park.
“Things are really hotting up now and excitement is building for what promises to be a memorable day in the football calendar for Craigavon this year,” commented the Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Mark Baxter.
“I was honoured to have helped carry out the draw alongside Trevor Jones and to see how many teams have committed to playing on the day is fantastic. I am very proud that Craigavon Borough Council has been able to help ‘Playing for the Future’ to ensure that this tournament is everything they hoped it could be.”
This large scale event still needs a few more referees so anyone who could officiate please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Craigavon Cup is being sponsored by McDonald’s and Sainsburys Craigavon.