12 Nov DB Sports Tours SSG Summer Cup Set For August Debut
DB SPORTS TOURS are inviting schoolboy clubs across the country to register a team for this year’s debuting Small Sided Summer Cup in Dublin.
Clubs will have the chance to showcase their youngest talent in August after this week’s announcement of the exciting new competition that will focus on the most exciting area in Irish football at present – small sided games.
We are proud to be following up last month’s successful Small-Sided Games Easter Cup in Manchester with a home-based this summer that will give Irish youngster an even bigger opportunity to showcase their talents.
The exciting new competition will be held at VEC Football Club in Terenure on Saturday August 3 and Sunday August 4.
Encompassing four sections, Under-9s, Under-10s, Under-11s and Under-12s, the first two sections will be played at seven-a-side and the two older age-groups will be nine-a-side.
The likes of St Francis FC, Peamount United, Shelbourne, Naas AFC from the Kildare Schoolboy League, Enfield Celtic from the Meath District League and North Dublin Schoolboy League selections took part in last month’s debuting Easter Cup.
Facing the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal Soccer Schools and a host of semi-professional clubs from Manchester, the Irish youngsters more than held there own.
Organizers have revealed that there has been substantial interest from clubs from the North and England to compete in the tournament, but a large response from domestic clubs may see this year’s debuting tournament restricted to a showcase of Irish talent for now.
DB Sports Tours managing director David Berber insists that impressive displays from Irish sides in Manchester last month convinced him a domestic competition was necessary.
“If you had seen the Irish teams competing against big-name professional and semi-professional clubs you would realize that small-sided games is a real strength of Irish football,” said Berber.
“The players were more than able to compete with their piers from England and it was obvious that that is not where the problem with development lies.
“Obviously it is somewhere between 12 and 16 that English kids with professional clubs are pulling away from Irish players – perhaps because of the advanced preparation and attention they get.
“Either way I expect this to be another exceptional tournament, with young Irish players once again showing they can compete with the best international ones.”
For more information on how to get one of the limited places available in the tournament contact or go straight to our information page at http://backmain.dbsportstours.com/dbsportstours-summer-cup/