Given launches 2014 Foyle Cup

Aston Villa goalkeeper and coach, Shay Given has hailed Derry’s prestigious Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup tournament as a ‘massive opportunity’ for local footballers to showcase their talents.

Commenting at the official launch of the 2014 international youth competition at the City Hotel yesterday afternoon, the former Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper - who once starred in the local league with the Derry & District’s Townsend Youth - believes the tournament can become an excellent pathway into professional football.

Republic of Ireland Open Training Session, Municipal Stadium, Gdynia, Poland 5/6/2012'Goalkeeper Shay Given'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Donall Farmer

Republic of Ireland Open Training Session, Municipal Stadium, Gdynia, Poland 5/6/2012'Goalkeeper Shay Given'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Donall Farmer

“It’s a massive honour for me to be asked to launch this tournament,” said Given. “I know of the importance of this event to so many young footballers from all over Ireland and the part it has played in developing young players for International teams North and South.

“Young footballers in the city don’t have that many chances to show people what they can do and highlight their talents. Taking part in the Foyle Cup gives them the chance to show scouts from England and Scotland that they can play at a higher level. So it’s a massive opportunity for the young lads.

The tournament will take place from July 21st to 26th with a record 220 teams competing in this year’s event.

For full draw visit www.foylecup.com