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22 July 2011
Young footballers from around the world will descend on the city and the University when they compete in an international football tournament.
The Welsh Super Cup takes place at the Cardiff University Sports Fields in Llanrunmey from the 25th – 29th July 2011. Although Wales has hosted the tournament for more than 25 years, this is the first time that the event has been held in Cardiff.
Teams from countries around the world including the USA, India and Dubai, will compete in the event in a number of categories from under-7’s to open-age. In total, around 4000 boys and girls, women and men are expected to take part with approximately 40,000 spectators attending over the course of the event.
Scouts from football clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool will also be present in search of the new super stars of the game.
Speaking about hosting the event, Stuart Vanstone, Head of Sport at Cardiff said: "The University is increasingly becoming recognised as a performance-focused environment. Our sporting facilities can cater for international competitions and events and are ideal locations for teams to prepare ahead of important fixtures. The Welsh International Super Cup will be a fantastic event and will give young people from around the world the opportunity to engage with the University, many of whom may not have considered it as a destination. A number of high profile professional footballers have played in the competition previously including Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard. We will be using the opportunity to provide the young footballers with information about the football programme the University offers and encouraging them to consider Cardiff as a higher education destination."
Next year, the University will welcome world-famous footballers to its sports facilities to prepare for the Olympic Games after it was confirmed as an official London 2012 training venue for the sport.
As well as the Olympic football games-time training, the University will also host the International Amateur Boxing Association’s pre-games training camp and the Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketball squad.
"Cardiff University is at the forefront of Olympic activity in Wales," added Stuart Vanstone. "These camps will bring real sporting and economic benefit to Cardiff and Wales as the Olympic teams and their fans visit the city."
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