With the Huws Gray Ynys Mon Inter Games Football Tournament just weeks away from kick-off, the tournament’s organising committee is delighted to announce that Sports Wales has agreed it’s backing to the major international competition taking place on the island in June.
16 teams from across the globe are set to descend upon Anglesey from June 15th to June 22nd to contest an Inter-Island Games Football Tournament on Ynys Mon for the first time ever, and excitement is building ahead of the men’s and women’s competitions, with fixtures taking place at 11 venues across Ynys Mon.
The 2019 tournament offers the Ynys Mon Island Games Association an opportunity to showcase what they can do as they bid to host the International Island Games in 2025, which would mean that – if Ynys Mon were successful with their bid – the island would host what is dubbed the ‘Mini Olympics’ for the first time ever.
Confirming Sport Wales as official supporters for the Huws Gray Ynys Mon 2019 competition is a huge statement from the tournament’s organising committee who are looking to bring legacy benefits to all on the island long after the tournament has concluded.
Huws Gray Ynys Mon 2019 Communications Manager Jamie Thomas said:
“Announcing the support of Sport Wales is very exciting for everyone involved in the Huws Gray Ynys Mon Inter Games Tournament and we’re delighted to have their support.
“We’ve always said that our primary aim of the tournament is to ensure there is a positive, lasting legacy from the competition leading to increased participation in sports and encouraging people of all ages across the island to live more healthy and active lifestyles.
“There are a lot of exciting announcements to come as the tournament nears in terms of events and activities we have planned to achieve that vision, and to be able to secure Sport Wales as a supporter to accompany us on that journey is a strong endorsement of the plans we have in place for this tournament.
“Developing an Ynys Mon Football Academy as a lasting legacy from the tournament has bee central to our plans for the tournament from the beginning, and good progress is being made there.
“During the week of the tournament we will have a number of bespoke events taking place across the island to help increase participation for people of all ages and skill levels to come out and enjoy being active through football.”
Brian Davies, Director of Elite Sport at Sport Wales said:
“We’re particularly impressed by the work that has been done to ensure a lasting legacy of participation in sport, which is why we are so happy to support the legacy activities of the tournament.
“Enabling lots of people to play football and have different opportunities to enjoy the game is key to regular activity.”