Updated: 15/04/18 : 10:28:12
The cream of young talent from across Ireland and the UK
will assemble in Sligo next month for an unique three-day festival of youth
Hosted by Sligo Rovers and the Sligo/Leitrim Schoolboys
Leagues, with the full backing of the SFAI, the Sligo
Super Cup has attracted top academies such as Derby County and Sheffield
Wednesday alongside Ipswich Town, Chesterfield, District Schoolboys League(holders),
Glenavon, Mayo League and the locals, Sligo/Leitrim.
The local team face a tough but exciting challenge as they
have been drawn alongside Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Glenavon in the group
With four teams in each of two qualifying groups, the
programme includes sixteen matches across three action-packed days, kicking off
at Sligo Showgrounds on Friday night, May 4th.
Their opening tie will be against Derby County at 8.30 on
the Friday night on the Showgrounds main pitch. On the following day, they will
face Sheffield Wednesday at 12 noon and Glenavon at 4 p.m., both at the Sean
The teams in the other group are Ipswich Town, Mayo League,
Chesterfield and the DDSL, which should make for some very competitive and
attractive games across the three days.
The winners of the respective groups will contest the final
on the Sunday morning.
Sligo Rovers Manager, Ger Lyttle, who officiated at the draw
alongside Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Clr.Seamus Kilgannon, tournament, has told how important these
tournaments are for the development of young players.
“It’s a terrific opportunity for our local players to pit
their wits against some top professional academies. It will be a learning
experience for them and they will make memories which they will take through
“With our own under-age structures now firmly established at
the club, there is every chance that some of the young lads taking part in this
tournament will one day go on to play for Sligo Rovers or even beyond. They
have to dream big, and these sorts of tournaments can kick-start those dreams,”
The excitement is not confined to Sligo, however. Derby
County, whose top academy directors have already spent two days here assessing
facilities and accommodation, have reported that a group of 70 supporters will
be visiting Sligo for the tournament, and other participants are expecting to
bring similar levels of support.
The tournament, therefore, provides a great showcase for
facilities at the Showgrounds and the attractions of Sligo generally.