Limerick Intercultural Soccer Fest kicks off as part of Africa Day 2017

Limerick Intercultural Soccer Fest

Limerick Intercultural Soccer Fest kicks off as part of Africa Day 2017 – Each team played each other once in 10-minute games on half-length pitches on the St. Clements astro turf. Scorekeepers kept track of every game and goal scored and the top two teams faced each other in the final. Picture: Jordan Mac Cormaic/ilovelimerick

Limerick Intercultural Soccer Fest kicks off as part of Africa Day 2017

As part of the Africa Day 2017 events, the Limerick Intercultural Soccer Fest took place at St. Clements College on Wednesday, May 26th

The 5 a side tournament was a huge success as 4 teams made up of 6 players (5 starters and 1 substitute) showed off their skills.

Gardaí from both Henry St and Roxboro also took part in the tournament as players, referees, scorekeepers and caterers as they provided the players with refreshments and snacks.

Each team played each other once in 10-minute games on half-length pitches on the St. Clements astro turf. Scorekeepers kept track of every game and goal scored and the top two teams faced each other in the final.

Limerick Intercultural Soccer Fest

Limerick Intercultural Soccer Fest kicks off as part of Africa Day 2017 – For the final, the game was changed to full-pitch and two halves of 7 and half minutes. Each team was allowed one extra player to account for the extra space. Picture: Jordan Mac Cormaic/ilovelimerick

The tournament was a huge success as the teams played some very competitive games with great goals and players. It was just one of the several events being held this week as part of Africa Day 2017.

The theme for 2017 is ‘Beyond Africa’, where the local community will aim to highlight the positive experiences of living in their new country and in their new homes beyond Africa.

The week was launched by Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon on Monday, May 22nd. On Tuesday the Limerick Youth Service hosted ‘Taste of Africa’ to provide people with a sample of African food from 3 countries.

Still to come in the week is the ‘World Café’ conversation in the Strand Hotel on Thursday, May 25, Sudanese Cultural Exhibition at Partry House on Friday and the Africa Soccer Cup on Saturday, May 27th at Janesboro Football Club with prizes for the winners.

The final and main event will be a family fun day at the Milk Market on Sunday, May 28th. Activities and Entertainment will include African dancers, a fashion show, Limerick Gospel Choir, face painting and balloon modelling.

A volunteer recognition event will take place in City Hall afterwards with the Mayor presenting certificates to all volunteers involved in this year’s programme.

To view the official Africa Day 2017 website click here

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