IOMFA Disability Team to Compete in Iceland Tournament

The Isle of Man Football Association Disability Football team head for Iceland on Thursday 14th September to take part in a football tournament in Reykjavik.

The schedule of games for the tournament on Saturday 16th September sees the Manx team playing against 4 different teams from across Iceland and also the Faroe Islands team.

 

Frank Stennett IOMFA CEO commented " This is a tremendous opportunity for our players to take part in a prestigious tournament hosted by both the Icelandic FA and Special Olympics Iceland.

 

A considerable amount of hard work and planning has gone into the trip and we now have the opportunity to take 8 players to the tournament and further our well established IOMFA disability football programme. The squad for Iceland is composed of 4 well established senior players and 4 new players who have entered the programme during 2017.

 

We would place on record our considerable thanks to Isle of Man Sport who have kindly assisted in the overall costs of our travel and accommodation whilst we are in Iceland. In addition, we would also thank Steve Hadfield, formerly MD at Paddy Power, and Adrian Higgins of Specsavers Isle of Man who kindly provided their kind sponsorship and support for our disability football programme. Without the support of Isle of Man Sport, and our 2 key sponsors, this trip quite simply would not have been possible.

 

I would also place on record our appreciation and considerable thanks to Darri McMahon in Reykjavik, who has been most helpful with planning the tournament and our overall visit to Iceland.

 

As well as organising the football tournament itself, Darri has been instrumental in arranging a trip to the Icelandic National football stadium, in organising tickets for our party to see an Icelandic Premier League game on the Sunday in Keflavik and also a visit to the world famous Blue Lagoon thermal waters and spa.

 

This trip provides the players and the coaching staff to visit an extremely interesting part of the world where football has developed in such a major way in recent times.

 

Our disability football programme for 2017 concludes with the Gareth Cowin Memorial Tournament which is hosted by the past winners, namely Gibraltar FA, in November.

 

Finally I must thank both Kevin Cowin and Mickey Curran for all their hard work and input in getting the players ready for the forthcoming tournaments."