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Wednesday 03 Jul 2024
70 teams enjoy George Best Community Cup

More than 400 games were played over two days at this year’s George Best Community Cup.

And over 500 players aged 15 and over took part in the matches, which were played across four ability bands during the disability football festival staged at the Billy Neill complex in Dundonald.

A total of 70 teams from throughout the UK, Republic of Ireland and Guernsey took part in the annual five-a-side tournament, which is run by the Irish FA Foundation and supported by the George Best Foundation and Cash for Kids through the Mary Peters Trust.


Staff from the Irish FA Foundation alongside a small army of volunteers from PwC organised the matches across 14 pitches at the Dundonald venue.

English club South West Inclusive, who feature players from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, won both the Ability 1 and Ability 2 titles.

Omagh Spires Special Olympics Club were triumphant in the Ability 3 competition, while Belfast side CSP were the champions at Ability 4 level.

Tournament organiser and Irish FA Foundation Disability Football Development Manager Alan Crooks said the annual event had once again been a great success.

He thanked the Mary Peters Trust, George Best Foundation and Cash for Kids for their ongoing support for the annual disability football festival. And he also thanked Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council for its continued support for the tournament and PwC for providing volunteers at the event.

Crooks added: “It was great to see so many players enjoying themselves and we are delighted to be able to give those talented players the platform to showcase their skills.”

Main image: Dame Mary Peters runs for cover as players from South West Inclusive celebrate their success at this year’s George Best Community Cup.