Foyle Cup Chairman, Michael Hutton has made an urgent plea for funding after revealing a shortfall in the region of £10,000 ahead of this summer’s youth football festival.
Mr Hutton has called on local politicians to support this year’s tournament and to ‘sort out the funding,’ bearing in mind the financial boost it generates for the local economy.
The Foyle Cup attracts thousands of visitors to Derry every summer with teams from all over the world competing.
Commenting at last Thursday’s Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup launch, Mr Hutton made his plea to the attendance gathered in the Tower Hotel.
“At this stage we are £10,000 down for this year’s Foyle Cup tournament,” he said.
“I’ve pleaded with the politicians to get behind us.
“This tournament is very important in healing divisions in N. Ireland,” he added.
“It is very important in creating opportunities for young people. It’s very important for our local economy.
“My plea to the politicians is to sort out the funding for the Foyle Cup.
“We’re trapped in the middle,” he explained. “The department of Culture, Arts and Leisure are telling us that we’re an event that N. Ireland Tourist Board should be funding.
“N. Ireland Tourist Board, meanwhile, are telling us that we’re a sporting event and Culture, Arts and Leisure should be supporting us.
“We’re caught in the middle. We can’t change it, but I think the politicians can.”