AROUND 270 TEAMS from twenty four different countries are in Benidorm to prepare for the Costa Blanca Cup, youth football tournament.
The prestigious tournament kickedd off on Monday July 3, with a parade of the 5,000 players along Benidorm’s Levante Beachfront, finishing with an opening ceremony including fireworks and music, in the Julio Iglesias Auditorium.
Organisers of the tournament, which is now in its twenty-fourth year, promote a spirit that goes beyond football, aiming for sportsmanship and friendships, between players of all teams.
The boys and girls teams are aged from 11 to 18 and for many of the players the tournament will be their first time away from home without parents, offering the opportunity to bond with their teams in sport, but to also interact with young people from different cultures,
Past experience has proved that the tournament allows the youngster to discover much about themselves, whilst respecting diversity, as an essential part of respect and tolerance.
It is sport, in this case football, which becomes a transmitter of basic values for the personal development of the young participants.
Each team is guaranteed four games, which are played on fullsize real and artificial grass pitches in the Northern Costa Blanca towns of Benidorm, Altea, Villajoyosa, Benissa, La Nucia, Calpe and Polop.
Teams will play in First phase matches, with qualifiers going through to final phase matches later in the week, until finals day and the closing party arrives on Saturday July 8.
This year’s tournament will see a separate ‘Inclusive’ two-day tournament, with four teams taking part, including one from newly promoted English side’s Newcastle United Foundation.
A fan zone, where spectators can eat, drink, buy merchandise, mingle and share experiences with each other, will be open from Monday next week.
For more information on the 500 matches due to be played throughout the six-day tournament visit the website www.costablancacup.com