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Dublin South Central Sinn Féin 9th Annual ‘Youth Against Drugs’ Soccer Tournament

21 June, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

The ninth annual ‘Youth against Drugs’ Soccer Tournament takes place this weekend organised by Sinn Féin in Dublin South Central.

Up to one hundred and fifty children from within the Dublin South Central constituency are expected to take part in the Tournament in Crumlin’s Pearse Park next weekend. The three-day event is for young people aged from seven to 13 and has gone from strength to strength every year.

Dublin South Central Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh, who helped to found the tournament in June 2002 with local community and Sinn Féin activists, said:

“We started this as a way to give young people the opportunity to get involved in something positive during the summer break when there was often little for them to do.

“It’s now become a really popular and established part of summer for local communities. Last year we had a number of professional referees taking part to ensure the games were fair but they’ve always been marked by fantastic levels of sportsmanship and great competition between boys and girls of all ages.

“The aim of the event is to give young people space for a bit of fun over the summer, but there’s also a serious message about providing alternatives and support to anyone who might be tempted to use drugs.

“We’re really grateful for the tremendous work of the volunteer organisers who put the event together every year and make sure everyone has a great time, and for the continued participation from local people.” ENDS

This year’s Youth Against Drugs soccer tournament will take place on the weekend of the 24th/25th/26th June. (Friday @ 5pm – Saturday @ 11am – Sunday @ 12pm).

Age groups are 7-9, 10-11 and 12-13.
Registration is €2 and forms are available from:
Niall @ 087-6184010 or Debbie @ 087-9514653.

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