Looking for an exciting international competition at a top tourist location? Then you must go to Spring Bank in Blackpool. The first edition of the Blackpool May Day Cup, in 2019, offered a fine mix of nationalities, with teams from all over the UK and Ireland, and a number of countries from the continent. What more could a football fan possibly ask for? The competition takes place at the UCLan Sports Arena - a top sports location of no less than 64 acres with countless sports facilities, including beautiful, sleek football pitches. And the other attractions in Blackpool are the sweet icing on the cake!
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The tournament will be held at two prestigious sports parks in Preston: Myerscough College and UCLan Sports Arena. The matches will be officiated by referees from the LFA and SYFA.
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Qualification matches and finals followed by prize-giving ceremony at the sports parks.
The Blackpool May Day 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 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.
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!
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 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.