Altogether there are 46 teams from around the world competing in this year’s Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.

The two sections are Junior (Under 15) and Premier (Under 17), with Newcastle United entered into the Premier competition.

Regular competitors over the years, Newcastle United will be competing in this year’s competition from 26th July to 31st July.

Northern Ireland’s record scorer David Healy made the draw for the tournament earlier today at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.

On 2nd July Newcastle will find out dates, times and venues for their matches, but today they discovered the three teams they will face in the opening set of games.

Newcastle United will play:

Higashi Fukuoka (Japan)

Co Tyrone (Northern Ireland)

Right to Dream (Ghana)

The last named team is an intriguing draw for the young Newcastle players.

Right to Dream is a purpose-built, fully-residential academy which is located on the banks of the River Volta in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Across Europe, Right To Dream graduates are playing in the French, Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian leagues.

The Academy exists to provide young, talented Africans with the opportunity to fulfil their potential and to claim a better future for their communities and country.

Their Premier representative team recently travelled to Europe and ended up with 14 victories in as many games.

A Milk Cup spokesman stated:

“To say that Right to Dream are a world class outfit is most definitely an understatement.

“We are always striving to secure entries of the highest quality across the globe and there is absolutely no doubt Right to Dream are up there with the very best professional clubs anywhere on the planet.”