Eyes down...here comes the Milk Cup Programme!

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The essential guide to the Milk Cup tournament has just rolled off the presses!

The official programme, featuring fixtures, venues and so much more, is now available at various outlets in the council areas where the international youth tournament takes place at the end of the month. The 116-page publication is packed full of information about the event with guides to the players and teams who will be competing in the three sections at Elite, Premier and Junior levels.

There is also a feature on Manchester United’s young England international striker Danny Welbeck, who graced the competition six years ago, a look at how two teams, Germany’s TuS Altenberge and the ever popular New Zealanders of Otago, have been preparing for the event and a focus on how competing at the Milk Cup has been the prize for one team after of a qualifying competition in Chile!

Former County Tyrone player Barry Devine reveals how he met Milk Cup old boy David Beckham in California and there is a feature on County Down’s rising star Nic Turkington, who won the Bertie Peacock Foundation award last summer and has been benefiting from sports development courses.

“The programme is a must have for supporters and the ideal souvenir for the event,” says Milk Cup PRO Jim Sandford who oversees its compilation.

“There are photographs featuring last year’s competition and we have the popular centre pull-out section which enables fans to record results throughout the week.”

The event kicks off on Monday, July 29 and welcomes teams from as far away as Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, North America, New Zealand, Europe and Japan.The welcoming parade begins at 7pm in the Diamond on Sunday, July 28.

Programmes are available at the following outlets in addition to tournament venues:

Coleraine: Huey & Henderson, Bridge St; Tourist Information Centre, Railway Road; Coleraine Leisure Centre, Railway Road; Sweet Briar, Kingsgate St; Elders, Bushmills Road; Archibalds, New Row; Jean Caldwells, Harpurs Hill; Lodge Hotel, Lodge Road; Diamond Newsagent, The Diamond; plus Spar stores at Milburn Road, Mountsandel Road, Bush Filling Station, Bushmills Road and Kenny Bradleys, Lower Newmills Rd.

Ballymoney: Tourist Information Centre, Townhead St; Candy Store, Church St; Biestys, Ballybogey Rd; Supervalue, Roeing Road. Limavady: Huey & Henderson, Market St; Tourist Information Centre; Benone Tourist Complex; Craigs, Ballyclose St. Portrush: Tourist Information Centre, Dunluce Centre, Dunluce Ave; Cantelys Spar, Eglinton St; Hillcrest, Coleraine Road; Spar – Portrush Filling St, Causeway St. Portstewart: McIntyres, Promenade; Roughans, Promenade; Costcutters, Lever Rd; Supervalue, Station Rd; Spar, Larkhill Rd.

Castlerock: Costcutter, Main St. Articlave: Exorna Filling Station, Mussenden Rd; Costcutter, Scone Road. Ballycastle: Spar, Castle St. Garvagh: Garvagh Filling Station, Main St. Kilrea: Kilrea Filling Station, Garvagh Rd. Ballymena: Tourist Information Centre, Townhall, Bridge St; Ballymena Borough Council, Warden St; Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Trostan Ave. Magherafelt: Sportique, Broad St. Maghera: Tommie McGrath, Main St. Belfast: S S Moore Sports, Chichester St.


Multi match tickets are also now on sale at £25, enabling fans to gain access throughout the competition to matches at seven enclosed venues for a flat fee (£10 for U-16s). The ticket, available through the Milk Cup website – nimilkcup.org – and local shops, means that at Coleraine and Ballymena Showgrounds, Scroggy Road (Limavady), Riada Stadium (Ballymoney), Riverside Stadium (Drumahoe) and Seahaven (Portstewart), holders are on a winner as they can take in as many games at those locations as they wish, in addition to Anderson Park (Coleraine) and Broughshane.