Christy McElligott is looking forward to the biggest weekend yet for the Irish Amputee Football Association (IAFA) as they – in conjunction with the European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF) – launched their forthcoming Citywest Hotel International Weekend.
Supported by the Football Association of Ireland, the tournament will be played this weekend in Dalymount Park, the Republic of Ireland will face England and Poland in a round-robin tournament.
Ireland international McElligott was joined at the launch by IAFA Ambassador Damien Duff, IAFA Chairperson Janice Dunwoody and Citywest Hotel Commercial Director Sean Reid.
The tournament begins on Friday when Ireland play England, kick off at 7.45pm. The following day will see the conclusion of the tournament as Poland play England, kick off 12pm, followed by Ireland’s match against Poland, kick off at 4pm.
Part of the EAFF’s Amputee Football Weeks programme, the tournament will help promote amputee football in Ireland.
McElligott says the event is the biggest the sport has had in Ireland in recent years.
“We have a great opportunity to host a tournament in Dublin. It’s a great opportunity to show the fans what amputee football is about.
“Fans have got to see the game in the flesh to see what it’s all about and how good the sport is. This event is all about creating awareness about amputee football and its development in this country. It’s an excellent chance for supporters to see it in all its glory.”
Duff added that playing international football is the pinnacle for any player.
“It will be a great weekend in Dalymount Park. I would urge as many to go and watch. It’s free admission. Poland and England are two of the best teams in Europe.
“There will be some top-quality football on show from all three sides. Fans will be pleasantly surprised.
“There’s nothing better than putting on the Irish shirt. It will be a proud weekend for the players and their family.”
IAFA Chairperson Janice Dunwoody says the Association are proud to have the support of the EAFF, Citywest Hotel and the FAI in making this tournament come to life.
“Football brings all abilities together, it is an equal game for all to play and to support. This friendly tournament is a great opportunity to see three of Europe’s top teams come together and compete.
“Fans are encouraged to join us at Dalymount Park to support the EAFF Amputee Football Weeks which takes place throughout the month of May around Europe.”