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Derry City and Strabane Council backs Tyrone lads

Tyrone players, coaches and officials with Derry City and Strabane Deputy Mayor Cllr JIm McKeever

Tyrone players, coaches and officials with Derry City and Strabane Deputy Mayor Cllr JIm McKeever

THE chairman of the Tyrone Milk Cup Association has thanked Derry City and Strabane District Council for their continuing support ahead of this year’s famed international youth tournament.

A little over two weeks until the tournament kicks off, Derry City and Strabane District Council held a joint reception for the County Derry and Tyrone SuperCupNI teams at the Guildhall on Wednesday evening.

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Of the three district council areas in Tyrone, Derry City and Strabane is the only one to offer financial support to the Red Hand teams for the 2016 tournament.

Chairman Francie Devine refused to comment on that fact but did put on record his thanks to Derry and Strabane for their valued contribution.

“We can’t thank the council enough for giving us a reception,” said Devine.

“It’s at occasions like this when it all becomes very real for the players and officials.

“There was a great buzz at the reception and the excitement is now starting to build towards the tournament itself.

“Not only that but the continued financial backing is greatly appreciated by everyone in the county set-up.”

Joint manager of the Tyrone Juniors Stephen Clarke and Premier boss Eamon Curry both introduced their panel of players at the launch before addressing all of those who attended including dignatories, officials, players, parents and supporters.

Speaking on behalf of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Deputy Mayor Cllr Jim McKeever said the local authority was pleased to be involved with the SuperCupNI.

“The SuperCupNI is a fantastic tournament that brings young people from all communities, background and cultures together to enjoy and participate in sport and to experience the highs and lows of competitive soccer,” he said.

“It’s a great event in terms of providing the young people the chance to meet new friends, be part of a team, learn new skills and showcase their sporting talents.”

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