Thousands of footballers on route to our borough for the Craigavon Cup!

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Photo shows a football with a boot resting on top of it

The Jimmy Jones Memorial Craigavon Cup is back – and bigger and better than ever!

Thousands of young footballers, parents, coaches and supporters will be arriving this weekend to take part in the prestigious tournament that will see our borough buzzing with activity!

Attracting teams from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland, the hugely popular Craigavon Cup will take place on Friday 1st July 6pm to 8.30pm at Portadown People’s Park and Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd July, 9am to 5pm in both the People’s Park and the Central Sports Arena.

With the park and arena remaining open to the public throughout the tournament, residents and park users are welcome to come along and spectate. Throughout the course of the tournament the walkways, car park and playpark may be busier than usual and residents may experience more traffic travelling through the area.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Paul Greenfield commented,

“We are delighted to once again host the prestigious Craigavon Cup in our borough – this time in both the spectacular Portadown People’s Park and the Central Sports Arena.

“So much has been missed over the past two years so it is brilliant to see such fantastic events returning – and I know how much the young people from far and wide are looking forward to competing in this high-octane, fun-filled, energetic tournament. We can’t wait to see you there!”

The Northern Ireland Youth Football Tournament is an invitational competition for age groups Under 7, Under 8, Under 9, Under 10, Under 11, Under 12 and is organised through ‘Playing for the Future’ – a football academy that brings communities together through sport – and sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and ABP Food Group Lurgan.