Northern Ireland lift the trophy at international football tournament!

Archived: Posted September 10, 2015

Last month a team of staff and foster children from Foster Care Associates Northern Ireland pitched their football skills against teams from around the world at an international football tournament hosted by our parent company, Core Assets.

The annual event, now in its 13th year was held at Nottingham University, and welcomed more than 1,200 foster carers, staff and children who travelled from across the UK, Ireland and as far afield as Finland, Sweden and Canada, to take part.

Emerald Rovers fostering football team - Northern IrelandOur team, the Emerald Rovers, was made up of seven girls between the ages of 13 and 17, and, after two days of matches, we’re delighted to say that they beat off stiff competition to take home the trophy in the aged 15-18 girls category – an extremely proud moment for all of us here in Northern Ireland.

Particularly proud were their coaches; supervising social workers Judith Ross and Victoria Innes, Melissa Baird, a support worker and foster carer Caesar Doyle, who provided mentoring and support to the girls, who were generously lent team kits by the Irish Football Association (IFA).

From the outset, the girls took training for the competition really seriously, and everyone has been impressed with their dedication and determination.

When the day of the competition arrived, the girls polished off a hearty breakfast as part of the final preparations for the day of competition.  Before they headed off to the pitches for the launch of the tournament. Our Operational Director, Frank Ward, counted us down and offered encouragement, adding to the girl’s excitement. Before we knew it, the girls were starting their first match. Arsene Wenger had nothing on Victoria, Melissa and Judith as they shouted from the side-lines!

Saturday’s football ended with a disco and the girls showed the same enthusiasm on the dancefloor that they had all day on the field; making new friends and showing off their best moves!

On Sunday morning the girls headed back to the pitch determined to bring back a trophy to Northern Ireland and their determination paid off. Buzzing about their win, they came through airport security on the way home to a well-deserved cheers and applause as their awaiting carers celebrated their win too!

The tournament has been running for the last 13 years and is intended to help encourage camaraderie and team spirit among foster children, who can sometimes find it hard to integrate with other young people. Watching the girls supporting and encouraging each other, and working together as a team, was one of the best parts of the weekend.

Each year, everyone at Foster Care Associates in Northern Ireland is overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, talent and sheer determination shown by the young people in this tournament, and this year was no exception – the team spirit was infectious. The tournament aims to encourage young people to develop social, communication and team working skills as well as helping them to be more active, embrace healthy competition and interact with different peer groups.

Well done team Emerald Rovers – let’s make sure we win it again next year!

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