The three major trophies in European club football have arrived in Northern Ireland as part of the build-up to Belfast hosting the UEFA Super Cup later this summer.
The UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League trophies will mainly be on display at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in the run-up to the Super Cup clash between this season’s Champions League winners Chelsea and Europa League winners Villarreal at the stadium on 11 August.
However, the trophies are also being taken on tour this summer visiting various locations, including schools and Irish Football Association summer camps, to promote both the game itself and the wider work of the Irish FA.
We’re so proud to have been awarded host city for this match - one of the biggest events in the international football calendar. It is a great opportunity to place Belfast firmly on a worldwide stage
And first stop on the trophies tour was Christ the Redeemer Primary School in Dunmurry earlier today.
Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl who attended the event said: “Belfast City Council is delighted to support the Irish FA who will be staging this year’s UEFA Super Cup in August at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
“We’re so proud to have been awarded host city for this match - one of the biggest events in the international football calendar. It is a great opportunity to place Belfast firmly on a worldwide stage. We look forward to welcoming the UEFA delegation along with the players and the fans and showcasing our fantastic city and famous hospitality.
“Encouraging community spirit and a focus on young people are two of my priorities so it’s great to see the community activities associated with the UEFA Super Cup, starting with the trophy tour to schools and holiday clubs. It’s inspiring to see how sport can bring people together from all walks of life and engage the community.”
In Dunmurry several pupils at Christ the Redeemer PS were treated to a coaching session by Irish FA Foundation coaches after getting to see the trophies up close.