From June 15th to June 22nd 2019, Island Games Football teams will descend upon Ynys Mon for the Inter Games 2019 Football tournament. Keep an eye on this page for all of the latest news and views ahead of the tournament!
Inter Games host venues set for assessments
Last updated: August 17th 2018.
Prospective Inter Games 2019 host clubs on Anglesey are set to have their facilities visited and assessed by the tournament’s organising committee soon, after the deadline to express an interest in hosting matches or training sessions at next summer’s tournament passed on August 1st.
12 clubs across the island have put themselves forward as potential hosts for the tournament, set to take place in June next year, with those islands who are set to compete due to be confirmed towards the end of September.
Ynys Mon 2019 Project Manager Gareth Parry will lead a delegation that will visit the 12 candidates over the coming weeks and had this to say about the visits.
“This is a very exciting time for everyone involved in the 2019 tournament, and we’re delighted to have 12 clubs put themselves forwards as potential hosts for matches and training sessions.
“We’ll be assessing the clubs on a number of criteria, from the more fundamental things such as pitch quality and the size of the changing room, to practical elements such as what basic hospitality they can provide to the visiting islands, which is always very much appreciated.
“We’ve got the potential as an island to put on a fantastic show with this tournament, and we’re really looking forward to visiting these 12 clubs to share our enthusiasm and take another step towards putting together a competition that Wales, not just Anglesey, can be proud of!”
Ynys Môn Men’s add Iwan Williams to management staff
Last updated: June 20th 2018
The Ynys Môn Men’s Football team secured another coup this week as Llanudno FC Manager and UEFA Pro License Candidate Iwan Williams joined Campbell Harrison’s setup as Assistant Manager.
With just under a year to go now until the island hosts the Inter Games Football Tournament in June 2019, the Men’s team stepped up their preparations once again this week by adding the vastly experienced and ambitious Williams to Harrison’s management team.
After a meeting between the duo this week, where both discussed the philosophy for the team and the ambitions they have to create a strong lasting legacy for the island following the tournament – set to be discussed at an open meeting for all of the island’s football clubs in Tafarn-y-Rhos on Thursday, June 28th from 7pm – Williams agreed to join Harrison’s team and spoke of his delight at being involved.
“It is a real privilege to be involved with the Ynys Môn Men’s Football side ahead of this fantastic tournament in 2019.” Williams said. “We have a real opportunity here now over the next year to plan and develop not just a team that is capable of winning the 2019 tournament, but to put in place the foundations for a legacy that can see our island’s footballing scene reach new heights and achieve big things in the years to come.
“I’m hugely excited to work with Campbell and I’m looking forward to helping him assemble his playing squad, which we’ll be looking to do in due course, and then to working with him on getting the best out of what is a very talented group of players.
“With hard work and a real team spirit, driven by the pride of representing our local area in a major tournament that we’re fortunate enough to be hosting, without a doubt I think we have what it takes to go out there and make Ynys Môn proud.”
Ynys Môn Men’s Manager Harrison added:
“I’m delighted to have been able to add Iwan to the team. He brings so much to the table in terms of his experience, his coaching ability and his drive to make sure that everything is done to the absolute highest possible standard.
“Working together will be very exciting! We’ve discussed our ideas for the way forward and we both share a massive enthusiasm for what can be achieved and put in place for our island, not just leading into 2019, but beyond that as well, and I’m really looking forward to putting all of that in place with Iwan and getting the rest of the island’s clubs involved in our plans too.”
Ynys Môn announce Campbell Harrison as new men’s football manager.
Last updated: June 8th, 2018
With preparations well underway for Anglesey to host The Inter-Games football tournament on the island in 2019, Ynys Môn’s team are delighted to announce that the vastly experienced Campbell Harrison will be taking the reins in the dugout for next summer’s competition.
Ynys Môn’s Island Games Committee acted quickly to secure the 2019 football tournament, as Gibraltar, who host the International Island Games tournament, are unable to include football as part of their competition due to only having one football pitch.
Anglesey announced they’d be hosting the football-only competition last month, and the announcement of Harrison has followed swiftly afterwards, with the seasoned manager leaving his role at Holyhead to take charge of Ynys Môn’s side until the end of next summer’s tournament.
Ynys Mon 2025 Project Manager Gareth Parry, responsible for the island’s bid to host The International Island Games proper in seven years’ time as well as organising the 2019 football tournament, expressed his joy with the announcement of Harrison as manager.
“To appoint someone as experienced as Campbell as manager for the men’s football side going into next summer’s tournament is fantastic news for Ynys Môn and I’m delighted to be able to confirm the appointment today.
“Not only is Campbell a hugely experienced manager, but a lot of that experience has come here on Anglesey, as he has represented Ynys Môn himself at The Island Games previously as a player, and has spent a number of years managing at club level on the island too.
“Stepping down from his role as manager of Holyhead Hotspur, Campbell now has the capacity to fully commit to this role and he’s as keen as we are to make sure that we engage with all clubs and players on the island in the build-up to next summer’s tournament, to make sure we have the best squad possible at our disposal that represents all of what Anglesey’s footballing scene has to offer.”
A veteran of five Island Games competitions during his playing days, winning two silver medals and one gold medal as part of the Men’s Football team, Mr Harrison spoke of his pride and excitement ahead of undertaking the role.
“I am honoured to have been selected as manager for Ynys Môn Men’s Football ahead of the 2019 Inter-Games tournament, which will be hosted here on Anglesey.
“Having represented Ynys Môn at The Island Games previously in a playing capacity, I’m well acquainted with the standards and the demands of the game at this level and hugely looking forward to working with a fantastic group of players who will be just as driven as I am to make sure we do the island proud.
“Throughout my footballing career, I have worked hard to promote the development of the game here on Anglesey and I’m eager to visit all of the local clubs and players as soon as possible so that we can start assembling a squad which is capable of achieving great things in 2019.”
Ynys Mon will host 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament
Last updated: April 30th, 2018
With Ynys Mon’s bid to host the International Island Games on Anglesey in 2025 progressing well, the island received another significant boost to their hopes of landing the 2025 games this week as Anglesey’s bid committee announced it has successively secured the rights to host the Inter Games Football Tournament in June 2019.
Gibraltar, who host the International Island Games tournament in 2019, are unable to include football as part of their competition due to only having one football pitch. Ynys Mon’s bid committee were quick to step in and offer to host the football themselves on Anglesey in just over a year’s time.
Ynys Mon 2025 Project Manager Gareth Parry will be responsible for leading the 2019 project on the island too, and expressed his delight recently when discussing the impending prospect of Anglesey hosting the Inter Games Football in 15 months’ time.
“In bidding for the 2025 International Island Games we put ourselves forward for hosting the football-only competition in 2019 and, as such, I’m delighted to announce that Ynys Mon has been given the green light to host the football tournament on the island from the 15th-22nd June 2019.
“To welcome an international football competition to Ynys Mon, with up to 24 different islands from across the world descending on Anglesey in just over a year’s time for a whole week of high-quality football, it will be a fantastic experience not just for our island in the short-term, but also as we look to host the whole games in 2025 too.”
“We are working hard regarding our plans for hosting the 2025 games to ensure that there is a lasting legacy on Anglesey that will benefit all on the island for generations to come, and that is no different with hosting the Inter Games football tournament next year.”
Regarding that legacy, Mr Parry noted his hopes for how the 2019 tournament could have a transformative effect on Anglesey’s footballing landscape.
The buzz and excitement for the impending arrival of such significant footballing talent on the island next summer, according to the former Ynys Mon Men’s Football manager, is set to spark the re-emergence of an Anglesey Academy side and many more positives for Ynys Mon’s footballers.
“Already we have started planning the development of a football academy on Ynys Mon, and we’d like to bring together a forum for all of the island’s football clubs, so that we can collectively and strategically plan the way forward for our island’s footballing talent. This is in addition to hosting a Junior Football Festival on Ynys Mon in the weeks leading up to the 2019 tournament.
“Putting on a good show is essential if we are to convince the IIGA Exec Committee that we are serious and capable as hosts for The Island Games in 2025. It will also help inspire more youngsters, both male and female to participate in the sport, as well as bring communities and clubs together.
“There is so much passion and love towards football on the Island, we just need a mechanism to work together to improve opportunities for all ages and all genders to see Ynys Mon’s football thriving once again.”