Draw made for annual Jimmy Jones Memorial Craigavon Cup

At the launch of the Craigavon Cup are back row from left, Councillor Mark Baxter, Councillor Darryn Causby, Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker, Thomas McStravick, Playing For The Future and special guest Liam Beckett. Front from left, Ashley Beckett and Ronan Watkins, Glenavon academy and Adam Thompson and Ethan Topley, Portadown Youth. INPT14-204.
At the launch of the Craigavon Cup are back row from left, Councillor Mark Baxter, Councillor Darryn Causby, Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker, Thomas McStravick, Playing For The Future and special guest Liam Beckett. Front from left, Ashley Beckett and Ronan Watkins, Glenavon academy and Adam Thompson and Ethan Topley, Portadown Youth. INPT14-204.

The draw for the second annual Jimmy Jones Memorial Craigavon Cup football tournament was held this week, with 64 teams taking part.

Taking place on Saturday 9th May, the competition will see thousands of young footballers, parents, coaches and supporters descending upon the Borough for an exciting day of football.

Organised through ‘Playing for the Future’ – a football academy that brings communities together through sport – and sponsored by Sainsbury’s, Italian sportswear brand Legea and Northern Ireland company Novosco, the Craigavon Cup will see players coming from all over Ireland to participate.

The Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker, the incoming Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Darryn Causby, Councillor Mark Baxter, Elena Curtis, Sainsbury’s and Trevor Jones – son of the late Jimmy Jones - carried out the draw while Liam Beckett hosted the event.

The tournament will see children aged from under-nine to under-12 competing throughout the day at Gordon Playing Fields with the grand finale being held in Mourneview Park.

“The Craigavon Cup was a brilliant success last year and is shaping up to be the same this year,” commented the Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker.

“The organisation involved to have hundreds of young people competing in a tournament in a one day spectacular is astounding and we are delighted to have this wonderful competition happening for a second year.

“We are delighted to support Playing for the Future once again.”

Thomas McStravick, Director of Playing for the Future commented, “After the success of last year we are excited about this year’s competition, to see young people enjoying themselves through sport, being active, working as a team and no doubt getting into the competitive spirit. We have teams coming from all over Ireland and look forward to the big day.”