18-06-2009 | Brainwave Members to participate in UEFA-ILAE U21 Football Tournament

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As European football has become a massively popular social activity, UEFA, the governing body for football in Europe, has recognised the need to strengthen the positive role football plays in society by addressing themes that influence, and are influenced by, the sport. For that purpose, UEFA has established a Corporate Social Responsibility Unit that works with a wide range of external partners.

In order to raise public awareness of epilepsy and its implications, UEFA and the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) are co-organising a football showcase event in conjunction with the European Under-21 Championship in Sweden, with the active participation of the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE). The event will consist of two short football matches played by teams of athletes with epilepsy from all over Europe just before the European Championship semi-finals kick off on 26 June 2009. The teams will also include some top-level former professional footballers, who generously agreed to come to Gothenburg and Helsingborg to support our cause.

Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association is proud to mention that two of our members will participate in the football tournament; they are Colin Jones from Cork and John Frances Crawford from Limerick. We are in full support of both these young men and we wish them all the best representing Brainwave in the tournament.

Details of the tournament can be downloaded below and for further information please visit the UEFA website www.uefa.com.