Ever since its beginnings in 1994, the Blackpool Cup has always had a wide range of international participants. Each year, the participants represent around ten nationalities. Alongside the fixed participants from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland, another five nationalities from the continent register every year. The secret? Every team has its own agenda: one team really goes for the international competition, whereas another goes for the attractions of Blackpool and the other wants to soak up the magic of football icons such as Manchester United and FC Liverpool. Everyone has their own priorities, but the Blackpool Cup has grown to become a real football classic.
The Blackpool Cup is played at two top locations: Myerscough Sports Academy and Preston Sports Arena. Both locations easily meet the high standards of an international competition. The competition on the pitch is of course framed by a celebratory opening ceremony and an official prize-giving. And because you happen to be in the city too, you can also explore Blackpool’s tourist attractions.
Pleasure Beach on the Ocean Boulevard in Blackpool is a gigantic ‘amazement park’ with no less than 145 attractions, including 12 rollercoasters. One of the rollercoasters is the biggest and fastest in England. So can you get in? Tournament participants get a discount on the price of entry to Pleasure Beach.
Sandcastle Waterpark is the largest indoor waterpark in England. This tropical pool paradise boasts several swimming pools, a wave pool and thrilling water slides like the Masterblaster and Thunderfalls Waterslide.
50 kilometres away from Blackpool is Old Trafford football stadium, home to Manchester United. Whether you're a fan or not, true football fans won't want to miss this stadium. There are daily tours, except on match days. Good to know: Old Trafford has its own train and metro stop.
The Blackpool Cup is organised by the Myerscough Junior Football Club (MJFC). This club is run by Myerscough College. The MJFC has 12 youth teams.
The Blackpool Cup is played at the parks of the famous Myerscough College and Uclan Sports Arena in Preston. Myerscough Sports Academy has 7 pitches, changing rooms, a canteen and numerous kiosks selling snacks. The Uclan Sports Area has 10 pitches and a restaurant:
‘the Final Whistle’. Both venues are located around 30 minutes by car from Blackpool.