WITH a New Year started and seven months to prepare, the 2013 County Antrim Organising Committee held its first combined meeting at the weekend, at the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim.
Supporting and welcoming the group to the Borough was the Mayor of Antrim Cllr Roy Thompson who has asked to kept informed of progress and events leading up to the tournament.
The purpose of this meeting was for the newly appointed coaching staff to meet the committee and to plan out a programme of events in order to best prepare the youth players who will be selected to represent County Antrim at both Junior level (Under 15) & Premier level (Under 17) at this years prestigious Milk Cup Tournament.
The committee started this planning process back in October 2012 and have been working hard to organise sponsors, budgets, accommodation & venues for the trials & training games.
Chairman Clive Gregory said that to get an early start in what is difficult economic times it will allow for better planning and execution of obtaining the funding needed to offer 36 Co Antrim players a showcase for their talent and perhaps them obtaining a professional career in football.
Head Coach and Junior Manager Stefan Seaton – now in his fifth year with County Antrim - will announce final coaching/management line up including a new Premier Manager next week and advises potential trialists to watch out on the County Antrim website, Facebook and Twitter for dates, timings and venues for trials hopefully to start in March with final selection announced in May.
There are undoubtedly challenging times ahead but with Co. Antrim having the biggest county population in Northern Ireland to choose players from, the aim to provided two strong, competing teams in order to do football & the County proud.