CALDERDALE’S young footballers will be given the largest stage in the area to parade their skills this summer following the launch of the Euro Cup competition for budding stars of the future.
The Shay Stadium Community Football initiative has teamed up with Dews Motor Group and the Halifax Courier to put on their annual football extravaganza which has become one of the most popular junior competitions in the local sporting calendar.
In previous years the event has been staged on Savile Park. However, this season the action moves to the Shay over what promises to be three thrilling nights of action.
Securing the use of Calderdale’s Premier sporting venue means that there will not be as many spaces open for teams to compete so Lee Ashforth from Shay Stadium Community Football is urging local clubs and schools to enter as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.
The competition is open to teams at under eight, under nine and under 10 levels and the cost of entering is £40 per team.
Action will get underway with the under eights on Monday, May 14, with the under nines kicking off on the following evening and the under 10s on Wednesday, May 16.
Registration for all age groups (based on the 2011/12 season) will start at 5pm with matches kicking off at 5.30 and finishing at approximately 7.30pm
All matches will take place on the main pitch, so football boots can be used.
The format will be based on a total of 20 teams forming four groups of five. If fewer teams enter the format will be adjusted accordingly.
Matches will be eight minutes one way, with no half-time although this may change depending on teams entered.
Every child that takes part will receive a specially designed medal and the winning teams from the under nines and 10s will receive Junior World Cup trophies.
In addition, the organisers are producing a matchday programme and are inviting local businesses to help with costs by taking out an advert of any size at a cost of £25.
“We are expecting six or seven hundred people down to watch each night so it is going to be a big event,” said Ashforth.
“The early signs are that it is going to be very popular again as we already have 16 teams signed up across the age groups.
“I would therefore urge clubs and schools to get in touch sooner rather than later as I envisage the remaining places will fill up pretty quickly.”
Anybody requiring further details should contact Lee Ashforth on 07834421064 or visit www.shaystadiumcommunityfootball.co.uk.