The Swansea XI will play two games during a 10-day tour in July.

Evolve is delighted to announce that it has partnered with Swansea City FC to bring a Swansea City XI to Belfast this summer.

The team will play against two Dankse Bank Premiership sides as they seek to prepare for their 2017/18 season.

This is the Welsh club’s second visit to Belfast in recent years, and will enhance existing links between the English Premiership outfit and Irish football, north and south.

Swansea City have established strong ties to the host nation.

Having formed Swansea Academy centres in Belfast and Cork, the Swans recently launched satellite centres in Derry and in Newry, areas where they see huge potential. Celtic manager, Carnlough-born Brendan Rodgers, also managed Swansea City from 2010 to 2012 while striker Rory Donnelly transferred from Cliftonville to Swansea in 2012.

The Swansea XI will play Glentoran FC on Thursday 13th July at The Oval with 7:45pm kick-off. On Saturday 15th July the team will take on Cliftonville FC at Solitude with kick-off at 3pm.

Evolve director Gerry Carlile said: “I’m delighted Swansea are sending a team to Belfast for their 2017 pre-season tour. Evolve has worked with Swansea City going back a number of years and I hope we can continue to work with them for a long time to come.”

Edward Gray