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Blackpool Cup

30 - 31 March 2024
, Preston
The magic of international football
International youth football tournament Blackpool in England: Blackpool Cup
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Participating countries: 
Austria Belgium Denmark France Germany Italy Netherlands England Scotland Northern Ireland United Kingdom Ireland

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.

 

Age Categories: 
U09, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17
Organiser: 
Sir Tom Finney FC
Teams: 
140
First edition: 
1994
Friday
Afternoon /
Arrival: check-in with welcome address and information from our on-site employees.

You will be informed in person about your stay and the tournament. 

Evening /
Spectacular opening ceremony at the famous Blackpool tower
Saturday
Morning /
Start of the match programme.

The tournament will be held at two prestigious sports parks in Preston: Blackpool Enterprise Zone and UCLan Sports Arena. The matches will be officiated by referees from the LFA and SYFA.

Evening /
Free time. See tourist information for some great tips
Sunday
Daytime /
Continuation of the match programme.

Qualification matches and finals followed by prize-giving ceremony at the sports parks.

Afternoon /
UEFA Respect ceremony

At the UEFA Respect ceremony every participant receives a medal on the podium.

Evening /
Free time. See tourist information for some great tips.
Monday
Morning /
Departure.

The Blackpool Cup is organised by the Sir Tom Finney FC. This club is a grassroots club offering children and adults of all social backgrounds the opportunity to play football in a competitive environment. Sir Tom Finney FC has 14 youth, 2 senior, 2 ladies and a disabled team in competition.

The Blackpool Cup Easter is played at the beautiful sports parks of the famous Uclan Sports Arena in Preston and the brand NEW state of the art purpose built Blackpool Enterprise Zone. Blackpool Enterprise Zone is on the edge of Blackpool and has 12 pitches and numerous kiosks selling snacks. The Uclan Sports Area has 10 pitches and a restaurant: ‘the Final Whistle’. Uclan Sports Arena is around 30 minutes by car from Blackpool.

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Blackpool: "never a dull moment"

Even if Blackpool (140,000 inhabitants) is not the entertainment capital of Europe, it certainly is of the UK. The Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Water Park, Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool Tower, The Big One, Sea Life World, South Pier – the town boasts an endless list of theme parks and entertainment. Not mention countless theatres, café-bars, pubs and restaurants and the renowned Hounds Hill Shopping Centre. In short, Blackpool is bustling with activity and entertainment. You’ll never find time to do it all!

Old Trafford

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. Click here for more information about a stadium tour.

Pleasure Beach & Sandcastle Waterpark

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. 

Norbreck Castle Hotel
Hotel

The Norbreck Castle Hotel is located right on sea front  in the North Shore area, 3-4 miles from the bustling centre of the Blackpool. The hotel offers basic rooms, but a great choice for football teams and a perfect place for a festive and exciting weekend. Blackpool Tower and Pleasure Beach are 15-20 tram minutes away. Hop on the tram right in front of the door. In addition, there is entertainment every night and an indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, various restaurants, café bars and a cinema are available for guests.

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Premier Inn Blackpool Hotels
Hotel

Euro-Sportring has reserved a number of three- star Premier Inn hotels in Blackpool within a reach of 4 miles from the famous landmark Pleasure Beach. The family-friendly hotels are a great base for getting the most out of Blackpool short breaks. Each hotel features stylish, modern and bright rooms, and have excellent facilities including a café-bar, restaurant in or right next-door to the hotel, and a lobby.

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Premier Inn Preston
Hotel

The family-friendly Premier Inns within Preston are a great base for getting the most out of your short break in Preston. The hotels features stylish, modern and bright rooms, and has excellent facilities including a café-bar.  With restaurants either within or beside the hotels.

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IBIS Hotel
Hotel

The family-friendly Ibis Preston North hotel  is a great base for getting the most out of your short break in Preston. The hotel features modern and bright rooms, and has all facilities for a pleasant stay such as a café-bar, a restaurant serving traditional meals and service with a friendly smile! The hotel is located just off junction 32 of the M6, 3 miles from Preston city centre and a 20-minute drive from Blackpool. The UCLan Sports Arena is 15 minutes away by car.

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Holiday Inn Express Preston
Hotel

Experience a seamless blend of modern comfort and convenience at our contemporary hotel located in the heart of Preston. The hotel offers a range of well-designed and cozy rooms tailored to suit your needs. Each room is thoughtfully furnished with contemporary décor, plush bedding, and amenities for a relaxing stay. Our prime location places you within easy reach of Preston's key attractions and entertainment venues.

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Travelodge Blackpool South Shore
Hotel

Both Travelodge hotels are standard hotels situated in central Blackpool, with the pleasure beach and other attractions just over 1 mile away. Many restaurants, bars and shops can be found at walking distance.

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Standard Guesthouses Blackpool
Hostel

For teams wanting to stay in the bustling center of Blackpool, guesthouses with a familiar setting have been reserved. Besides “hospitality with a smile", each guesthouse offers an intimate café/bar and lounge where you can relax after exploring the famous tourist attractions of the city.

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Hotel Preston International
Hotel

This comfortable hotel is perfect for the discerning business traveller during the week, but also offers excellent accommodation for tourists visiting the ancient centre of Preston on weekends. The brand new and very modern *** Preston International Hotel is within walking distance of the attractive centre of Preston. The hotel’s pleasant décor and fine facilities, along with its comfortable rooms, guarantee a pleasant stay. The participants will also appreciate the hotel’s close proximity to the UNCLAN sports centre.

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Royal Alexandra Hotel
Hotel

For teams looking to stay just around the corner from Blackpool's vibrant center, the Royal Alexandra Hotel is the place to be. The hotel is located in a pleasant area with a view on the iconic Blackpool Tower. More or less around the corner is the bustling center with all the attractions that have made Blackpool the entertainment capital. The North and Central Piers, Houndshill Shopping Center and Winter Gardens are all less than 10 minutes' walk away. In addition to pleasant hospitality, the hotel is stylishly decorated and offers excellent facilities such as a homely lounge with bar and restaurant.

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Hotel Blackpool FC
Hotel

Situated within Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium, The Blackpool FC Hotel is conveniently placed between the town centre and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It offers stylish accommodation and guests can enjoy a full English breakfast, served each morning.

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Hampton by Hilton
Hotel

The comfortable three-star Hampton by Hilton hotel is located on the beach near the South Pier a few miles from the popular Pleasure Beach amusement park. In addition, the tram takes you within fifteen minutes to the iconic Blackpool Tower right in the bustling centre of Blackpool. The modern hotel is tastefully decorated and offers excellent facilities such as a very pleasantly furnished lounge and a spacious bar/restaurant.

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Village Hotel
Hotel

The 4* Village Hotel in Blackpool offers the best of both worlds. Set in a green oasis of 230 acres of parkland and lakes, the hotel is 2 miles from the center of Blackpool. The greens of the 18-hole golf course are right next door, as are the nature park and the Zoo. The city centre with the  Central Pier is a 10-minute drive away. In addition, the hotel offers numerous recreational facilities, including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

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Prices mentioned are 'from' prices and are subject to availability. All information in this pricelist is based on the prices and taxes that are known on 1 July each year. Euro-Sportring reserves the right to change prices if costs and/or taxes increase in the intervening period. No rights can be derived from these prices. In addition to the cost of participation per person, an administration fee of € 190 / £175 per team will be charged.