‘Super’ result for Mid and East Antrim Council area

Antrim goalkeeper Connor Friel pictured during last year's event. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Sixty-one teams from across the globe will descend upon Mid and East Antrim next month for the 37th edition of the SuperCup NI competition– with the event set to be a winner for the local economy.

This year’s competition will see some of Europe’s most prestigious young players from teams including Valencia, Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United take on some of Northern Ireland’s finest across four age categories, U13, U15, U17 and U21.

According to the event organisers, the SuperCup boosts the Mid and East Antrim economy by £1million.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “The SuperCup is rightly regarded as one of the world’s top junior sporting events and it is a brilliant opportunity for young people to take part at such a high level and inspire their peers.

“Events like these offer a welcome boost across Mid and East Antrim as visitors enjoy our fabulous hospitality across the Borough’s hotels and guest houses throughout the tournament.

“With thousands of local and international visitors flocking to the borough, it’s also the perfect occasion for visitors to experience and enjoy our restaurants along with our world-class sporting venues.

“As a tourist destination this competition enables us to market our fantastic sporting and tourism facilities to a global audience.

“It showcases all that the Borough has to offer for football fans and international visitors, bringing with it considerable economic benefits to our tourism, hospitality, retail and transport industries.”

The global media coverage of the SuperCup NI also really helps put Mid and East Antrim on the map with the media and PR value in 2018 said to have delivered over £2.6 Million of positive coverage for the Borough.

This year’s competition has been rebranded to STATSports SuperCupNI. The tournament will kick off on Monday, July 29, with the traditional parade of teams and opening ceremony in Coleraine the night before. Finals night at Ballymena Showgrounds is on Friday, August 2.

For the very latest on this year’s SuperCupNI, please visit: supercupni.com

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