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Friday 19 May 2023
Electric Ireland Super Schools Tour returns

The Electric Ireland Super Schools Tour is returning next week to round off another successful year of girls’ football competitions in schools.

The tour involves a series of seven-a-side regional tournaments across Northern Ireland.

It is set to kick off at Brook Leisure Centre in Dunmurry - it will cover the Belfast region - on Monday (22 May) before moving on to Cookstown’s Mid Ulster Sports Arena the following day.

Then it’s off to Lurgan Town Arena next Friday (26 May) followed by Coleraine Showgrounds on 30 May. The final instalment is at the Valley Leisure Centre in Newtownabbey on 1 June.

In each regional tournament participating schools will play each other in two different age groups (Year 8/9 and Year 10/11) as they aim for regional glory.

Many of last year’s winners will be returning with the aim of repeating their success.

The two finalists from this year’s inaugural EI-backed Year 8 nine-a-side competition, Kilkeel High School and Belfast’s Blessed Trinity College, will both be competing at the Valley Leisure Centre on 1 June.

Damian McLaughlin, Schools and Futsal Officer with the Irish FA Foundation, said: “Last year’s tour was a great success. The feedback from the schools was really positive with regards to taking a competition on tour as this allowed schools to compete at venues closer to home. 

“At a time when budgets are extremely tight, we felt this was an easy way to support our schools, who are fantastic at getting involved in our competitions. It is a great way to wrap up the school year for the girls’ teams.”

The winners of the other Electric Ireland Schools’ Cup competitions for girls’ teams during the current school year were: Senior Cup (U18) – Holy Cross College Strabane; Junior Cup (U14) – Edmund Rice College (Glengormley); Year 8 Cup - Kilkeel High School.

Image: Kilkeel High School, who won the inaugural Electric Ireland Year 8 Cup this year, will be aiming for more success during the forthcoming Super Schools Tour.