The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Martin Baker hosted the launch of the Sligo Super Cup in County Hall on Thursday, and participated in the competition draw with Sligo Rovers Manager Liam Buckley.
Formally opening the event, the Cathaoirleach said
‘Sligo Super Cup brings together the cream of talented young soccer players from across Ireland and the UK, and it has had amazing success in the last two years. Household football names such as Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town have already graced the tournament – and, this year, further new ground is being broken with academies from Leeds United, Derby County and Aberdeen coming to display their skills in Sligo.
It offers a unique opportunity to our own talented young players from the Sligo and Leitrim areas to pit themselves against the very best opposition – and I am confident that, as has been the case in the past two years, the local team will carry the Sligo flag with great distinction. The tournament also highlights the excellent facilities we have here in Sligo, worthy of hosting an event of such international status, and it provides a timely economic and tourism boost to the region as well.
One can only marvel at the amount of hard work and preparation required to stage a tournament of this nature – which is, in fact, the only competition of its type for under-12 players on the entire island of Ireland The organising committee, under the dynamic leadership of tournament director Packie Lynch has worked wonders. It is a privilege to commend Packie and his colleague Jim Gray for their efforts, and to welcome them to County Hall, together with the local soccer community.
The Sligo Super Cup will be held in the Showgrounds from April 26th to 28th.