To celebrate UEFA Grassroots Day the ‘Shared Space’ at Ebrington will be transformed into a mecca to give young and old the chance to be part of something special. Organised by the Irish Football Association to mark this occasion The Venue 2013 at Ebrington will play host to a full day’s activities.
A specially designed mini football pitch will be built in The Venue 2013 and will be the focal point of the day’s activities. Local schools, clubs and community groups will get the chance to play on this pitch throughout the day, however the main draw will be the ‘Maiden City Cup’ which will see Derry City and Institute Legends teams take on local media and Councilors in what should be highly entertaining stuff.
An ‘Education Zone’ will also give locals the opportunity to listen to some top class speakers such as Northern Ireland International Team Manager Michael O’Neil and Jim Lawlor who is Manchester United Chief International Scout.
The ‘Skills Zone’ will give people the opportunity to practice and test themselves in series of skills stations, such as free-kicks, penalties, power shooting, dribbling etc.
All the way from Holland the new craze of ‘Pana’ football will give local youngsters the opportunity to learn and compete in 1v1 and 2v2 fast paced challenges, all set to the backdrop of a live MC and high octane music.
We also have Red Bull World Champion Freestyle Runner up Daniel Dennelly and local hot shot Stefan Connolly putting on exhibitions and interactive workshops to show off their crazy skills.
A ‘Health & Well Being’ zone will provide up to date information and advice on topics such as diet and nutrition, mental health and tips on how we can live a healthy lifestyle. Local boys and girls clubs will also be in attendance to promote their clubs and hopefully attract some new members.