Cool­boy girls will play in Ed­in­burgh

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

THE Cool­boy Rangers Un­der 14s girls’ team will be­come the first Irish team to take part in the Ed­in­burgh Cup in­ter­na­tional youth foot­ball fes­ti­val over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

The eleven-strong team from Coolafancy will de­part on Fri­day, Au­gust 2 on a five-day trip ac­com­pa­nied by coaches Philip Hamil­ton, Chelsie Nolan and five par­ents.

The Ed­in­burgh Cup cel­e­brates youth foot­ball clubs from Scot­land, the United King­dom and be­yond. It will take place at Pef­fer­mill Play­ing Fields, Ed­in­burgh from Fri­day, Au­gust 2, to Sun­day, Au­gust 4. Prepa­ra­tions for the jour­ney started last Fe­bru­ary with par­ents and the girls fundrais­ing to cover the costs of at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val.

The girls have a packed sched­ule over their five-day trip. It starts on Satur­day, Au­gust 3, with friendly matches against lo­cal op­po­si­tion as a warm-up. On Sun­day, Au­gust 4, they will com­pete in seven matches at the Ed­in­burgh Cup.

The trip also in­cludes an op­por­tu­nity to do some sight­see­ing around Ed­in­burgh city on Mon­day, Au­gust 5 when the team will visit the old town and Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle. The girls will also visit the grounds of Hiber­nia Foot­ball Club on Easter Road for a tour of the sta­dium and a train­ing ses­sion with the Scot­tish club’s coaches.

‘The girls are bub­bling. They can’t wait for the trip,’ said Cool­boy girls head coach and club de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Philip Hamil­ton. ‘They’ve done a huge amount of work for this be­tween train­ing and fundrais­ing. It’s a lot to take in. We’ve had great sup­port from par­ents and not just for fundrais­ing.’

A farewell evening was held in Mur­phy’s Ho­tel, Ti­na­hely yes­ter­day (Tues­day, July 30) to thank sup­port­ers and spon­sors.

If any girls are in­ter­ested in play­ing foot­ball, par­ents can call Philip Hamil­ton on 087 23461621 for more in­for­ma­tion about Cool­boy Rangers or the Wick­low Girls League.

The Cool­boy Rangers U14 girls team with their coach, Philip Hamil­ton.

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