November 2016 – Sponsored by ABP Food Group Lurgan


We are delighted to announce details of our first tournament of the new season kindly sponsored by ABP Food Group Lurgan. See below details;

DATE: Sunday 6th November 2016
AGE: u9 (2008) & u10 (2007)
VENUE: Craigavon City 3g
TIME: u9 KO @ 10am, u10 KO @ 1.30pm
TO BOOK: Please email
FORMAT: 16 teams @ each age group. 7v7, 10 players per squad
COST: £45.00 per team

PLEASE NOTE: Teams are accepted on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Our tournaments always fill up well in advance so early booking is advised. Your place in the tournament is not confirmed until full payment has been received.

February 2016

Our tournament in Feb 2016 will see 32 teams come together from NI & ROI to take part in games for u9 & u10 age groups. The tournament is FULL and no more applications will be accepted. Please see below for list of participating clubs;

Sunnyside, Portadown, Glenavon, Glentoran, Tollymore Utd, Windmill Stars, St. Oliver Plunkett, Camlough Rovers, Chimney Corner, Ballynahinch Youth, East Belfast, Hillsborough Boys, Warrenpoint Town, Cherry Orchard, Midway F.C, Holywood Youth & Crusaders.

This tournament is part of a project funded by OFMDFM. We would like to thank OFMDFM for their support along with sponsors Pinkertons Pork.



August 2015

On Sunday 30th August 2015 we organised a 16 team tournament at u10 level to help raise funds for On The Ball Uganda – a football charity based in Uganda that aims to target social need and develop sports in Uganda. Teams from all over Northern Ireland participated and we successfully raised over £600 for such a great cause. Huge thanks to Lurgan Town F.C for hosting the event at their fantastic facilities and sponsors Décor Trophies for providing all the awards. See below for a list of all participating teams;

Lurgan Town, Glenavon, Lurgan Celtic, Banbridge Town, Portadown F.C, TTBS, East Belfast F.C, Camlough Rovers, St. Oliver Plunkett, Chimney Corner, Craigavon City, Tollymore United, Windmill Stars, Ballynahinch Youth.

For pics of the event check out our social media pages;


June 2013

We would like to thank and congratulate everyone who took part in our Annual Youth Tournament on 15th June 2013. This year we held the tournament at Lurgan Junior High School on their excellent 3g surface. We would like to thank all the teams for displaying an excellent level of football and conduct throughout the event. Football is all about enjoyment and learning at these ages. A big thanks must also go to all the volunteers who helped make it a success including Keith McKeown, Jamie McKeown, Colin Adamson, Shane Elliott, Marc McCann, Karol Gallagher, Mark Pollock,  Amy McStravick, Ashleen Douglas, Deirdre McStravick, John McStravick, Declan Cusack, John McMahon, Stephen Wilson, Barry Wilson and Chris Chambers. Thanks to all who made this event so successful.

Below is a list of clubs who took across both u9 & u12 sections;




Camlough Rovers

St. Oliver Plunkett

Lisburn Distillery

Sion Swifts

Warrenpoint Town

Windmill Stars

Cherry Orchard

Craigavon City

Tullyvallen Rangers Youth

Ballynahinch Youth

Ardoyne YC

Mount Merrion YFC

Armagh City

Rathfriland YFC

Causeway Colts F.C

Coleraine Academy


St. Mary’s YC

Lisburn Rangers

Winners of u9 competitions where as follows;

Cup – Cherry Orchard (Dublin)

Shield – Windmill Stars

Plate – Sion Swifts

Rose Bowl – Craigavon City

u12 winners;

Cup – Mount Merrion (Dublin)

Shield – St. Oliver Plunkett

Plate – Lisburn Rangers

Rose Bowl – Camlough Rovers

August 2012

U9 Section

U9 Cup Champions – Glentoran

U9 Shield Champions – Bush Celtic

U9 Plate Champions – Warrenpoint Town

U9 Rose Bowl Champions – Ballynahinch Youth

U12 Section

U12 Cup Champions – Glenavon Select

U12 Shield Champions – Sion Colts

U12 Plate Champions – Glenavon

U12 Rose Bowl Champions – Warrenpoint Town


June 2011

The Playing for the Future Annual Youth Tournament was sponsored by KIT Ireland & Andrew Jonathon’s Hairdresser, Portadown.

The Tournament once again proved a big success attracting 16 teams from all over Ireland including Dublin, Bangor, Dungannon, Strabane, Lurgan, Portadown, Warrenpoint, Armagh and Loughgall. Some great football was played and a few stars of the future were on show. The winners of the cup, shield, plate & Rose Bowl were as follows;

  • Playing for the Future Cup in Association with KIT Ireland – Armagh City
  • Playing for the Future Shield in Association with KIT Ireland – Warrenpoint Town
  • Playing for the Future Plate in Association with KIT Ireland – Loughgall
  • Playing for the Future Rose Bowl in Association with KIT Ireland – Sion Colts

We would also like to say a big well done to Ben Eagle of Lurgan Town for winning the Player of the Tournament award.

As well as the cracking football on display we also provided entertainment for everyone:

  • Bouncy Castle
  • Inflatable life sized football table
  • Gladiator duel
  • DJ
  • BBQ

JUNE 2010

June Tournament – 21/06/10

Congratulations to all who took part in our 2nd Annual Youth Football Tournament 2010. We would like to thank everyone who took part and also those who came to watch the talent on show. We were impressed by the quality of play on show and hope to see everyone back next year plus more! We intend to make even more improvements for next year so all suggestions are welcome. Please download the questionnaire and return it to us by email. Also available for download are the results from the final nights play. Photos coming soon!!!

Congratulations to Dale Robinson who plays for Dungannon Swifts for picking up the player of the tournament award. This award was given not only chosen on abaility and performance but also on attitude, desire and commitment. Well done!

We would like to thank Andrew Jonathan Hairdresser (028 38350616) and John McStravick Painter and Decorator (07934233011) for sponsoring this years tournament.

Final group standings

Knockout results



Please contact us for more information.

JUNE 2009


Big Deal and LotteryThe second project organised by “Playing for the Future” was in the form of a youth tournament for 10-12 year olds. The tournament was funded by The Big Deal NI and sponsored by Game-on. Teams that took part came from from all over mid-ulster and beyond. They include St. Mary’s YC, Loughgall Youth, Dungannon United Youth, Moneyslane, Lisburn Rangers, Lurgan Town, Armagh City, Barcroft, Seagoe Youth, Glenavon F.C, Cookstown Youth and Warrenpoint town.gameon

With Glenavon F.C the eventual winners of the cup competition and Lurgan town the winners of the shield the event past off leaving a positive memory in the minds of everyone involved. The tournament organiser Thomas McStravick said,

“It was great to see how much everyone enjoyed the tournament and all have said they will be back next year which pays great tribute to the level of professionalism in which we operated. This tournament has been in the planning process for quite a few months now and we will now start to prepare for next year’s event. We are looking to further expand the teams for next year and maybe add in another competition to play for as well. One strong possibility is to introduce a girls section to the tournament”

“Playing for the Future” are beginning to make big footprints in the local community. Already in such a short existence they have provided two youth tournaments and a soccer camp programme reaching out to over 400 kids in just a few months providing opportunities, education and a very high standard of coaching. McStravick said,

“Our aim is to provide young people with a chance to develop their social, personal and sporting skills by providing educational experiences through the power of sport. Our youth tournament will be an annual event and we will expand it each year opening up to a wider network of people”

Playing for the Future has been welcomed by the local community and the local business community as well.

“We have managed to achieve a positive glow of hope through the recent economic downturn and this has been reflected through the kind sponsorship received by many local businesses. It is of course greatly appreciated especially with the way the economy is at the moment so a big thank-you to all who have helped out. Game-on provided us with valuable sponsorship that has helped increase the success of the recent tournament along with backing from The Big Deal NI. I have received various emails and phone calls from other businesses looking to help out in any way they can and I would just like to thank everyone who has offered their support”



unltd_logoSponsored by Sports Relief Unltd and partnered with the IFA’s grassroots department, the first project under the ‘Playing for the Future’ banner began with a football tournament. A coaching day was also introduced to truly demonstrate the effectiveness of dual focus development – coaching and small-sided games. The project was organised over a six-week period during December 2008 and January 2009.


Playing for the future promotes cross community opportunities for young people and their mentors/ coaches along with tackling social cohesion. Together through the power of sport and football in particular Playing for the Future successfully managed to create a challenging and respectful environment.

The project leader, Thomas McStravick, said “The tournament was a fantastic success and we are all proud of what we managed to achieve.”

McStravick said “A lot was learned as a result of the project and we have already got plans for another tournament in June for the u12 age group this time with 12 places available, an expansion of 4 teams on our previous project”

Competing in the tournament was Armagh City (2 teams), Newry City Soccer Development School, Loughgall, Sunnyside, St. Mary’s, YC Portadown and Tandragee youth.

The competition was truly competitive with Armagh City the eventual winners after an entertaining final. YC Portadown won the shield prize.

McStravick said “The competition was a huge success, everyone was impressed with how well organized and professional everything was”

The final day of the tournament attracted players from Portadown F.C and Glenavon F.C with Wesley Boyle and Ryan Harpur pledging their support to present the trophies and medals. “It shows the quality of the service we provided when we attracted such quality players and coaches to the tournament along with the many sponsors as well. When we attracted sponsorship from many local businesses and a company the size of McDonalds, McKeagneys chemist and Game-on Sports it also shows how professional we were and the good causes we were promoting. One boy in particular missed training with the international development squad to play in the tournament which shows how professional and enjoyable the experience was”

A big thanks to all who helped out, the funders Sports Relief Unltd and my team of volunteers. I would also like to thank Keith Gibson and Malcolm Roberts from the IFA for providing valuable support”

Playing for the Future would like to thank the following sponsors:

  • Game-on Sports Portadown
  • McKeagneys Chemist
  • Malachy Judge
  • Charlie McKeever bar and restaurant
  • Charlie Mallon Butchers
  • McDonalds
  • Eamon Wilson, Costcutters
  • Classic mineral water
  • Lavery’s filling station