Team LYS Enjoy Soccer Success in Cork
Held at the Glen Resource Centre, Cork city, the tournament brought together twelve diverse teams with immigrant and homeless groups to taking to the pitch with young adults.
‘Winning the competition was a fantastic achievement and our young people should be extremely proud of themselves,’ said team coach Billy Barrett, Limerick Youth Service.
‘We’ve entered a lot of tournaments and have not had the rub of the green so to finally see the group win is a great sight,’ continued Mr.Barrett.
Limerick Youth Service had two teams in the tournament and while the B Team did not fair quite as well as their A team counterparts they nevertheless equipped themselves well both on and off the field.
At the insistence of the young people Team LYS’s assistant coach Paul Kiely accepted the trophy from Minister of State for Disability, Equality & Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch TD.
‘The tournament was put together to promote the services available to those going through depression and to help prevent suicide,” said event organiser Paul Carroll of Cork Foyer.
‘We wanted to give teams in the region a fun day out even though it was based around such serious issues,’ added Mr. Carroll who pointed out that more people die by suicide than road deaths and we wanted to help prevent that.”
The event was coordinated with a number of suicide and depression awareness information groups in attendance and funded with the kind support of ElectricAid Ireland, St Vincent De Paul, the FAI and the Glen Resource centre.
Now in its fortieth year, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.
Dermot Troy, Communications Officer, Limerick Youth Service.
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