Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has announced that Ireland has been chosen to host the European Street Football Festival 2015. The cross - border soccer tournament is organised by Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) and streetfootballworld and will take place across Dublin,
Dundalk, Belfast, Newry and Warrenpoint in August 2015.
Paddy Malone of the Festival organising committee said:
“Dundalk is looking forward to welcoming the 300 participants in August 2015 and holding some
street football matches, it’s a great location approximately midway between the two largest cities
on the island of Ireland - Belfast and Dublin and surrounded by some of Ireland’s most beautiful
scenery. Warrenpoint will also be hosting a number of the matches and this is great way of
showcasing how we can all continue to move forward.”
Since 2008 the European Street Football Festival has taken place in post-conflict zones with participants drawn from across Europe, Israel and Palestine and the Balkan states. The aim of the tournament is to unite young people through the game of football while promoting intercultural understanding, respect and build capacity and self-confidence of youth to become change-makers in their communities. In August 2015 a total of 24 delegations of young people aged between 14 -17 will participate in the festival.
The Tanaiste said “Sport can be an important means of communicating the messages of inclusion and integration” and he looks forward to welcoming the delegation.