Irish Youth Sporting Extravaganza - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 16:28

Philadelphia To Host Irish Youth Sporting Extravaganza

Philadelphia, PA- June 21, 2013 – Beginning Thursday, July 25th through Sunday, July 28th up to 2,000 youth athletes from the United States and Canada will converge upon the Greater Chester Valley Soccer Association Fields in Malvern, to participate in the Gaelic Athletic Association’s annual Continental Youth Championships (CYC). With over 150 teams competing in Irish Football, Hurling and Camogie, this four-day sporting event is the largest tournament of Gaelic Sports outside of Ireland.

All are welcome to come watch the games, taste the Irish Food and browse the Craft Vendors. Alcohol is prohibited. Admission to the games is free on Thursday and Sunday with a $10 charge for adults on Friday and Saturday.

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) started the CYC in 2004 to separate it from the national Adult Championship and has become an annual event that rotates all participant cities. For the second time since 2008 Philadelphia will host the event with four local clubs competing including, Delaware County’s Delco Gaels GAA and Wolf Tones GAA, Philadelphia’s Shamrock GAA, and Montgomery County’s Glenside GAA.

“We want people to know that the CYC is not exclusive to the Irish. This weekend long event is a perfect opportunity to continue to introduce Gaelic sports to our American friends and families,” said John McDaid, who handles public relations for the games. One sport in particular featured at the games is Gaelic football, which is the most popular sport in Ireland. The game is a fusion of soccer, basketball and rugby with players on each side working the ball towards their opponent’s H-shaped goal and score into the net for three points or over the bar for one point. “Parents who are new to the sport find children that play Gaelic football are becoming more aggressive and successful at all the other sports they play.” Hurling, a lacrosse-like sport featuring wooden sticks [without netting], and camogie, a game similar to hurling played by girls, will also be competing in the championships.

The weekend will actually commence with a parade on July 24th in West Chester followed by live entertainment. The tournament will begin early on Thursday with games straight through to the Sunday Finals. There will be a champion at each age level for U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 with a weekend favorite U6 blitz scrimmages occurring throughout the weekend.

For more information please contact John McDaid at (610) 853-8515 or

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