FOOTBALL: Countdown to kick-off at SuperCupNI competition

Councillor Billy Ashe, NI football legend, Gerry Armstrong, Duty Manager, Ballymena Showgrounds, Mark Wilson and Tournament chairman Victor Leonard and promotional staff. INLT 28-902-CON

Councillor Billy Ashe, NI football legend, Gerry Armstrong, Duty Manager, Ballymena Showgrounds, Mark Wilson and Tournament chairman Victor Leonard and promotional staff. INLT 28-902-CON

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is getting warmed up to host the annual SuperCupNI Tournament, formerly known as the Milk Cup, which kicks off on July 21.

A record 54 teams will take part with an official opening parade and ceremony led by actor Jimmy Nesbitt on Sunday, July 24 (7pm) before teams battle it out in the tournament to be crowned SuperCupNI champions.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, said: “We are delighted to be involved as a sponsor and to showcase our leading sporting facilities during host matches at Ballymena Showgrounds, Broughshane and Clough.”

“The SuperCupNI continues to be one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar and we are honoured not only to be hosting a number of matches but once again have the privilege of hosting the Tournament Finals night at Ballymena Showgrounds.”

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Operational Committee chairman, Ald John Carson commented: “Year on year, the SuperCupNI continues to grow in popularity and we are excited to host this prolific event once again. Victor Leonard, Tournament chairman, said: “Football in Northern Ireland has been on a real high after the national side’s remarkable achievement at Euro 2016. I am proud that no fewer than 21 of the 23 man squad representing Northern Ireland were graduates of our competition, including Northern Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill.”

The organisers of the SuperCupNI are hoping to build on this excitement with a spectacular SuperCupNI Tournament this year packed full of performances from stars of the future.