Video for UEFA Women's U19 Championship in Northern Ireland Will Bring a Tear to Your Eye

Young filmmakers worked with Cinemagic to produce the moving music video for Triona's official tournament song 'Days Like These'

The UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship is set to kick off at football grounds across Northern Ireland on August 8, as the country prepares to host the tournament's 16th edition featuring eight of Europe's top young international sides.

Of course, no competition in which footballing nations go head to head would be complete without an official soundtrack, no matter what age the participants. In fact, when the last World Cup was staged in Brazil, Culture NI set about ranking the musical tie-ins from down the years, from truly terrible efforts to timeless terrace anthems.

'Days Like These' is the track recorded for the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship by County Down-based singer-songwriter Triona and it's an uplifting number made all the more memorable thanks to an accompanying video that's racked up thousands of views on social media.

The video, which shows a young girl who has lost her mother growing up and eventually making her debut for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, has drawn positive comments for it's emotive strength with many calling it 'inspirational'.

As well as the National Football Stadium, the video also features George Best's former childhood home, actor Richard Clements as the girl's father and coach, and current Women’s Under-19 forward Rebecca Bassett as the same girl some years later.

Both the song and video are the culmination of an innovative creative project by Cinemagic, the Belfast-based film organisation for children and young people. With support from the Department of Communities, budding songwriters and filmmakers aged 16-25 worked with industry professionals to pen 'Days Like These' and shoot its video on location. Watch it below.

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive, said: “With support from the Department for Communities and our partners at the Irish FA, we are delighted to support the tournament with this video production and song. It was a fantastic opportunity for aspiring creative industries professionals to work on a truly unique project. Through this project we were able to offer skills development training in a wide range of production disciplines and in doing so help nurture young local talent.”

Sara Booth, Tournament Director, UEFA Women's U19 Championship, said: 'The Irish Football Association is very excited to release a song and video of such quality in support of the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in August. We would like to thank Cinemagic and the Department for Communities who have produced such a great piece of work. The tournament is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland at its best and this collaboration is an exciting example of how culture, arts and leisure can be combined during a major event.'

Various project participants also spoke of their individual and shared experiences in helping to create the final product.

Jake Morgan commented: 'I was on the song writing team and in November 2016, we attended an anthem writing workshop, where we collaborated with one another to create a collection of song options. Once we chose the song to run with, 'Days Like These', I contributed by writing the orchestral string accompaniment. This played to my strengths as I am a conductor and film score composer. Later in the song mixing process, my string parts were added to flesh out the accompaniment and add that lush texture achieved by orchestral strings. As a 21 year old composer, all song-writing experiences are beneficial to me and this particular Cinemagic project was a masterclass in writing pop anthems.'

Gearoid McSherry said: 'My role on the project was Lighting Assistant, an area I was eager to learn more about. This project certainly helped me to gain more insight into this area of production. I found the experience to be greatly rewarding as it allowed me to find out more about Cinemagic and the work they do to help young filmmakers develop their expertise.'

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Danny Mills said: 'I worked as part of the behind the scenes team on the 'Days Like These' video. Although I have a background in filming and editing, I became the interviewer on this project. This gave me the chance to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I found this experience hugely beneficial for my confidence and it has motivated me to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.'

Orla O’Rourke said: 'Our role as a group was to try and create a song that captured the spirit and determination of the teams involved in the competition, and the pride of having it held on home soil in Northern Ireland. We had workshops and writing days with the Cinemagic team, and ended up with three or four final songs to choose from. From the moment we heard 'Days Like These' we felt it completely captured the feeling of the competition and seeing the music video with it was a perfect fit. Being involved in this project was incredible, I met some amazing people, improved my song writing skills and learned how to collaborate and create with other writers.'

Anna Callan said: 'For me the IFA project provided the opportunity to work on both the song writing and video production teams. It was great to meet so many like-minded young people, interested in developing a career in the industry whilst working with experienced industry professionals on a project combining my interest in music and film production.  Being able to see the process the whole way from the development of the song idea through to seeing the final music video was amazing, and helped show me possible career opportunities within the industry. It was a really great project to be involved in, and has helped develop skills I will definitely use in future work.'

To find out about more projects and opportunities from Cinemagic, visit www.cinemagic.org.uk. For full details of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship go to www.uefa.com/womensunder19.