Damien Duff launches soccer event for youngsters with diabetes
Ireland soccer star Damien Duff has launched a soccer tournament for young people in Ireland living with Type 1 diabetes.
The National Diabetes Cup is organised by Diabetes Ireland and the Shamrock Rovers star signing said he was delighted to announce it will take place this Saturday in the Astropark Coolock in Dublin.
"Sport is a passion of mine and something which is suitable for everyone," said Duff,
"It is great to see Diabetes Ireland organising this great day encouraging activity and fun among young people with diabetes," he said.
The first National Diabetes Cup took place last year and proved to be a big success. This year's tournament is open to youngsters from four to 14-years-old and will cater for as many young people with Type 1 diabetes as possible.
The aim is to give those involved an opportunity to meet other young people living with Type 1 diabetes while having a great day out.
"We are all aware of the social benefits of taking part in team sports," says Dr Anna Clarke of Diabetes Ireland.
"We want these young people to know that their diabetes doesn't have to hold them back and we hope that this tournament will highlight and encourage that," she said.
On the day, each team will play up to four games with the winning team receiving the prestigious Diabetes Cup in a special ceremony.
There will be a barbecue for players and their families.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that can occur at any age but most commonly occurs in childhood or early adult life.
There are 15,000 people in Ireland with Type 1 diabetes. Certain genetic features make some individuals more vulnerable to developing Type 1 diabetes.
At the moment there is no way of preventing it.
Mr Kieran O'Leary of Diabetes Ireland thanked Bayer and Medtronic for their continued support of the tournament.
To register, visit www.diabetes.ie or call Diabetes Ireland on 1850 909 909.