Mayor Clifford Lee, Tourism Charlottetown President, Kevin Murphy and Tide Cup Host Committee Chair, Nick Murray, announced that the 2008 Tide Cup U-14 Canadian Club Soccer Championships will be hosted in Charlottetown from October 9th-13th.
The best U-14 male and female club teams from each province will compete for the Tide Cup national titles, featuring 24 teams – 480 participants. The Championships will be held in Charlottetown at various fields including the UPEI Turf Field, with some games being played at the Cornwall Turf Complex.
Nick Murray, chair of the host committee, announced that he was looking forward to the event. “This is the first time we have hosted the nationals at this age group, and it will be a lot of fun,” he said. “Three years ago we hosted the seniors which were a great success, and this one will be just as good, if not better. I am looking forward to getting that committee together once again, and putting on an event which will be memorable not just for the players, but the families and friends who will be coming to PEI to support the teams.”
The Tide Cup is part of the BMO Canadian Club Soccer Championships held annually throughout the country. Canadian Club Soccer Championships have been taking place across the country since 1984.
“The Tide Cup will generate excitement and economic activity during what is typically a quiet time of year in the Capital,” said Mayor Lee. “Championships such as the Tide Cup are the kind of events the SCORE team wants to encourage and get behind. It will be an honour to roll out the red carpet for the 480 participants and their families from across the country over the 2008 Thanksgiving weekend.”
“Tourism Charlottetown recognizes the importance of the Sport market to the overall Tourism Mix. We will continue to direct proceeds from the Tourism Accommodation Levy to the Sport market in order to build on the success we are seeing,” stated Kevin Murphy. “It is excellent business – typically in the shoulder season and it fills hotels of all categories. Thank you to Soccer PEI for their enthusiasm in bringing this event to Charlottetown – it is encouraging to see the “can-do” attitude and partnership.”
SCORE, with partners, continually pursues opportunities for Charlottetown to host regional, national and international sporting events. The City of Charlottetown and Tourism Charlottetown recognize the value of the events sector and has placed high priority on sporting events to stimulate tourism, economic and community growth.
Events Development Officer
City of Charlottetown
2008 Tide Cup