In­ter­na­tional Games bid given a boost as foot­ball heads to is­land

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YNYS Mon’s quest to host the In­ter­na­tional Is­land Games in 2025 re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant boost last week.

An­gle­sey’s bid com­mit­tee an­nounced it has se­cured rights to host the In­ter Games Foot­ball Tour­na­ment in June 2019.

Gi­bral­tar, venue for the 2019 Is­land Games, is un­able to in­clude foot­ball as part of their com­pe­ti­tion due to only hav­ing one pitch.

An­gle­sey stepped in and of­fered to host the foot­ball them­selves in just over a year’s time.

Ynys Mon 2025 pro­ject man­ager Gareth Parry will be re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing next year’s foot­ball event, too. He said: “In bid­ding for the 2025 In­ter­na­tional Is­land Games we put our­selves for­ward for host­ing the foot­ball-only com­pe­ti­tion in 2019 and, as such, I’m de­lighted to an­nounce that Ynys Mon has been given the green light to host the foot­ball tour­na­ment on the is­land from June 15-22, 2019.

“To wel­come an in­ter- na­tional foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion to Ynys Mon, with up to 24 dif­fer­ent is­lands from across the world de­scend­ing on An­gle­sey in just over a year’s time for a whole week of high­qual­ity foot­ball, will be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence not just for our is­land in the short-term, but also as we look to host the whole games in 2025, too.”

“We are working hard re­gard­ing our plans for host­ing the 2025 Games to en­sure there is a last­ing legacy on An­gle­sey that will ben­e­fit all on the is­land for gen­er­a­tions to come.

“That is no dif­fer­ent with host­ing the In­ter Games foot­ball tour­na­ment next year.”

Mr Parry hopes the 2019 tour­na­ment could spark the re-emer­gence of an An­gle­sey Academy side and spawn many more pos­i­tives for Ynys Mon’s foot­ballers.

He added: “There is so much pas­sion to­wards foot­ball on the is­land, we just need a mech­a­nism to work together to im­prove op­por­tu­ni­ties for all ages and all gen­ders”.

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