Blackpool Council and VisitBlackpool announced a new three-year partnership to host the towns own European Youth Football Championships.
The agreement with Euro-Sportring will see the resort host the Blackpool Cup over Easter and May Day Bank Holiday weekends in 2022.
In coming years, the annual tournaments are expected to attract up to 1,000 boys’ and girls’ youth teams from across the UK and Europe.
Along with family and friends the events could bring in around 20,000 visitors. That’s a major boost for the local economy. It also spotlights Blackpool as a family-friendly resort, capable of hosting a major international sporting event.
European Youth Football Championships comes to Blackpool in 2022
Euro-Sportring has over 60 years’ experience and is a non-profit organisation. It’s Europe’s largest international youth football tournament organiser.
The Blackpool Cup will be played at the brand new state-of-the-art sports complex at the Airport Enterprise Zone. Work is underway there on the new grass pitches and changing facilities.
Gavin McIntyre, Euro-Sportring UK Tournaments Director, said: “The plans for the new facilities are very exciting and we just couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to host our tournaments there. It’s a perfect partnership. We’re able to bring a first class International event to the town. Blackpool is able to offer our groups a fantastic experience of football and family seaside fun.”
One of Europe’s Top Youth Sporting Events
Cllr Gillian Campbell is Cabinet Member for Tourism & Culture for Blackpool Council. She said: “We’re delighted to be going into partnership with one of Europe’s top youth sporting events. It has the potential to bring thousands of visitors to the resort. Our new facilities at the Airport Enterprise Zone will provide a fitting stage for a tournament of this size and profile.”
Teams in the local area can also benefit and get involved in Blackpool’s very own European Youth Football Championships. A certain number of spaces will be held open in each age group for local participants.
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