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Craig Bellamy Foundation to compete in Milk Cup

By Sahr Morris Jnr.

The Craig Bellamy Foundation (CBF) side will compete with other European teams in this year’s Dale Farm Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.

The tournament is expected to run from Sunday July 27th to Friday August 1st, and according to the tournament’s website, Bellamy – who himself competed in the tournament for Norwich City – wants to offer the same chance to the underprivileged footballers.

Bellamy, along with the academy coach who also doubles as the Sierra Leone national team coach, Johnny McKinstry, reckons the international youth tournament in McKinstry’s home country of Northern Ireland will help develop some of the best young footballers from their academy.

McKinstry was quoted on the club’s website as saying that the boys are excited about coming to Northern Ireland: “Facilitating our boys to play against some of the best young players in the world is not only an important part of their own development as elite players, but is important in the development of the CBF Academy and elite player development in Sierra Leone as a whole.”

“For most of our boys this will be their first trip outside Africa and an amazing chance to represent their country in one of the world’s most exciting youth football tournaments.”

The Craig Bellamy Foundation League was launched in 2009 with support from UNICEF. Using football to empower a new generation to bring about positive change, it focuses on increasing school attendance and respect for fair play, whilst delivering community development projects. Involving more than 2,000 boys and girls around the country, the CBF League is having a considerable impact.

The CBF Academy opened its doors in August 2010. It recruits some of Africa’s most talented young athletes and works with them to produce football players who are well-rounded, inspirational role models. Five-year scholarships are given to children aged 11-13 who live, study and train at its state-of the-art facilities.

The Craig Bellamy Foundation will be joined by CSKA Moscow, Brentford FC, Patrick Thistle and newcomers Orange County Blues from Los Angeles in the 2014 Premier Section, whilst Spanish side Espanyol has also confirmed their participation alongside Southampton, Newcastle United, Cherry Orchard, Middlesbrough & Plymouth Argyle.

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