EURO 2020 Ambassador Robbie Keane unveils Football Fanzone at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin

EURO 2020 Dublin ambassador Robbie Keane opened the Football Fanzone at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin to mark one year till tournament kick-off on June 12th 2019. Accompanies by Skillzy, the official tournament mascot, one of the’ hospitals Play Dens has been transformed into a football themed zone including a new smart TV.

Patients and their families will have fun in the fanzone surrounded by famous Irish football moments with the feeling of being in the Aviva Stadium which will host four games at UEFA EURO 2020. The initiative, which was supported by LOS (Local Organising Structure) Dublin as part of their National Promotion and Legacy plan for EURO 2020 worked in close collaboration with CHI at Crumlin to deliver the project. Tournament sponsor Hisense donated the new smart TV for the fanzone.

Speaking after the launch Tracey Wall, Director of Nursing from Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin thanked LOS Dublin and the FAI for their work on transforming one of the Children’s Den in into a football zone that families can enjoy when watching Ireland and their favourite teams compete in the UEFA EURO 2020 championships. In particular we would like to thank Robbie Keane for his generous ongoing commitment to CHI at Crumlin where often he gives up a great deal of his free time to visit patients and their families and spends time speaking to them about their sporting interests and his life as an international soccer player.  When a sick child meets their sporting heroes it lifts their spirits and can create more positive energy while coping with their illness.

Robbie who also used the occasion to visit children and their families on some wards said, I’m delighted to come on board as the official ambassador for EURO 2020 in Dublin. To host four games in a major football tournament is fantastic for the country and I’ve no doubt that the Irish fans will welcome visiting supporters to Ireland. Marking the one year to go milestone by opening a Football Fanzone at the hospital is fantastic, it’s a cause very close to my heart. 

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