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ICDís Zach is going to the World Cup!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

ICDís Zach is going to the World Cup! thumbnailIntegrated College Dungannon Principal Andrew Sleeth with student Zach Cowan, who is off to Russia to take part in a youth festival of football leading up to the World Cup 2018 kick-off in Moscow on 14th†June.

NORTHERN Ireland will be represented, in part, at the FIFA World Cup in Russia this month by an Integrated College Dungannon pupil.
Zach Cowan, a first year (Year 8) pupil at the school, has been invited to take part in a youth festival of football leading up to the tournament kick-off in Moscow on 14th June.
His trip to Russia has been organised through the Football For Friendship (F4F) programme.
The scheme is aimed at fostering social values such as respect for other cultures and nations, equality and peace as well as encouraging young people to adopt healthy lifestyles.
The main activities of this year's F4F programme - it is now in its sixth year - are an International Friendship Camp, an F4F World Championship and an International Children's Forum in Moscow from June 8th to 15th where more than 200 countries will be represented.
And Zach, who attends the Irish Football Association's Elite Performance School Programme at Integrated College Dungannon, has been chosen to play in the F4F World Championship in Moscow on 12th June. He leaves for Russia on Thursday, 7th June.
The youth tournament will feature 32 International Teams of Friendship (six-a-side) and Zach will be in a team called Polar Bear. Playing as a defender, he will have team-mates from Switzerland, Hong Kong, England, Ethiopia and Belgium.
College Principal Andrew Sleeth said: "Zach is a fantastic young man who is more than capable of representing Northern Ireland at this world event. As a student of the Elite Programme at the college he has worked hard during the daily after-college training to make the most of his undoubted talent and deserves this recognition of his skills.
“I have no doubt he will be a fantastic ambassador for Northern Ireland, as he has always proven to be so for the college."
Zach is a member of JD Club NI, the Irish FA's elite player development programme, and he was chosen to make the trip to Russia following assessments by JD Club NI coaches.
The young footballer, who plays for Portadown FC Youth U12s, and his team-mates in Moscow are set to be coached by a 16-year-old from Panama. Zach will be accompanied to Russia by Irish FA elite performance coach  and former Swifts boss Darren Murphy.
Another 12-year-old from Northern Ireland is also making the trip along with his dad. Rex Henderson, a pupil at Belfast Royal Academy, is set to report on the youth football tournament and the F4F International Children's Forum after winning an Irish FA contest to find a young football writer to cover both events.
Gazprom, which sponsors F4F and is a partner of FIFA and the 2018 World Cup, is hosting the group from Northern Ireland and the other groups from around the world.
Following the F4F tournament and the forum they will all be attending the opening ceremony and opening match of World Cup 2018 on 14 June featuring hosts Russia against Saudi Arabia in Moscow's 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium.

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