IRISH soccer legend John Giles was in Limerick to launch his upcoming ‘Walk of Dreams’ event, a stage of which will take place in Limerick in aid of local soccer clubs.
The “Walk of Dreams” is a national fundraising campaign which aims to help build stronger clubs, schools and communities throughout Ireland.
Giles, a former Manchester United and Leeds legend, was in Limerick last Friday to meet representatives from local soccer clubs ahead of the walk, which will take place on March 27.
“I am always suspicious when I hear an old player saying they are putting something back into the game, they are usually looking for a job,” laughed Giles, speaking to the Limerick Leader in the South Court Hotel.
“But that is the case and I would love to do this and provide the facilities, because they are more needed now than ever before,” he added.
Working with members of Limerick Regeneration and the Limerick City Sports Partnership, Giles was keen that the walk would take place in Limerick as well as the other cities around Ireland.
“Definitely. Limerick is a great sporting city as we know, and has been for many, many years. This fits in with what they (Regeneration) are doing, because it is community based and we have got great backing from the people in Limerick,” he said.
The RTE soccer pundit added: “I think people will get behind it, it is open to anybody to come out and contribute if they want to, but we want to have a fun day, we want people to enjoy it.”
The legendary footballer paid tribute to the “terrific football community” in Limerick.
“There is a strong tradition of soccer in Limerick, going back a long way,” said Giles. “I played in Limerick with Shamrock Rovers and there was always a terrific football community in Limerick and there still is.”
Clubs are being urged to get behind Giles’ initiative and “to walk together and demonstrate the importance of football in Irish life”.
“The concept of the walk is to have a fun day for everyone to come out and promote football and also fundraise for the clubs,” said Kieran Ryan or Limerick Regeneration, who has helped organise the Limerick walk.
“50 percent stays in the club and 50 percent goes into the foundation, but any soccer clubs or organisations that take part can each apply for funding through the foundation,” he added.
For more details getting involved in the ‘Walk of Dreams’ see www.johngilesfoundation.com.