We can’t wait to welcome you to our 2022 Blackpool Easter Football Tournament where you’ll compete for the Fleetwood Town Cup at Poolfoot Farm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 2022. As you prepare for an unforgettable weekend, we’ve outlined below everything you’ll need to know about the festival. If you’re looking for information specifically about your accommodation booked through Sports Tours Ltd, then head over to our accommodation info below.

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Tournament Details:

The festival is played on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 2022.

Contact Details

Tournament Committee:
  • Tom Fowles
  • Robert Smith
  • Jamie Hargreaves
  • Ethan Rowley
  • Chris Baines
  • Spencer Seddon

Administration: Sports Tours Ltd
Email: info@sportstours.co.uk
Phone: 01708 565014

Managers Meeting

The Manager’s Meeting will be delivered via a video conference call on Zoom. It is scheduled for Wednesday 13th April at 6pm. Invites have been sent out to group leaders and managers – if any managers have not received a link, please let a member of staff know.  The call will be recorded for anyone who can’t attend the live meeting

How to find Poolfoot Farm

Address: Poolfoot Farm, Butts Road, Thornton-Cleveleys FY5 4HX

 

On Arrival at the Tournament

  • On arrival cars will be directed to a designated parking area. Wherever you park your car, please hide all valuables out of sight.
  • Those arriving in coaches will be asked to drop off at the entry of Poolfoot Farm. Please obtain the mobile number of your driver and call him when you wish to be collected.
  • Disabled parking: We will try to locate those disabled cars nearby to the pitches. To ensure we direct you to the car park nearest to your playing area, anyone wishing to use this facility should make that known to the car park attendant immediately upon arrival.
  • Car parking is free, but spaces are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis.
  • Please note, Poolfoot Farm is now a cashless venue.

Team Registration 

  • All teams must please register at the Tournament HQ at least 30 minutes prior to your first game.
  • Please make sure you have provided the names and dates of birth of your players on the Sports Tours Hub prior to arrival.
  • Please bring passports or photocopies with you – there may be “spot checks” and if players’ ages are unable to be verified, the player in question may be suspended from playing.

Other important Information

  • Food & drink refreshments will be available to purchase at Poolfoot Farm.
  • Toilets are available in the complex and additional toilets will be available.
  • Please do not drop litter or leave rubbish – take it home with you or use the bins provided.
  • Limited changing facilities are available in the complex. Please do not leave your belongings in the changing room as they are a shared facility.
  • Tents and Gazebos are recommended but please do not put these up near the emergency access points and playing areas. We recommend bringing portable chairs to the venue. Please take them home with you after the event.
  • BBQs or other cooking equipment are NOT permitted onsite.
  • Poolfoot Farm is now a cashless venue.

Tournament Rules & Regulations:

Please read the full tournament rules and regulation which can be downloaded here:

Key highlights:

General Regulations

  • All games will be played in accordance with the rules set out in the FA Regulations as they apply to each individual age group and format.
  • Within the “spirit of the game”, if a team is unable to field the maximum number of players for any one game, the opposing team should play with the same number of players on the field.
  • Please ask your coaches and parents to assist by being ready for your next match 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.
  • Players and supporters required to abide by the FA guidelines in relation to who is permitted onto the pitch.

Referees

  • Referees will be provided for all fixtures.
  • Referees are all qualified and are associated with Lancashire FA

Player Welfare

  • Only players, coaches and authorised persons are allowed in the changing rooms. Teams should arrive ready to play.
  • Drinking water is available free of charge from the designated area in the changing rooms and clubhouse. You can purchase drinks & food at the grounds.
  • Emergency first aid will be provided; however, teams are expected to arrange transport to hospital or the medics will call 999 if required.

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Official Event Photography

Please note that both team and action photographs will be taken throughout the tournament and team photographs will be available to purchase on the day. Photographs will also be available on the photographer’s website to purchase.

Photographs may also be used for marketing purposes by Sports Tours Ltd and Poolfoot Farm, which includes local newspapers, brochures, social media and on our websites, sports-tours.co.uk or www.poolfootfarm.co.uk

Any teams/individuals who do not wish to have their photographs taken must make this known to the photographers and Event Manager.

Tim Brice Photography, Poolfoot Farms resident photographer. Official photographer for Fleetwood Town Juniors, Fleetwood Town Wrens Ladies and The Poulton District Primary league.

Has been covering grassroots football across the Fylde Coast for the past 5 years and cover grassroots football from under 7’s right through to Senior football. Through his grassroots photography has raised over £10,000 for local charities, good causes and grassroots football teams.

All photos will be able to view and purchase at Tim Brice Photography on Facebook.

Codes of Conduct

  • Everybody attending the festival is expected to abide by the FA RESPECT Code of Conduct.
  • Please remember that everyone is there to have fun! Celebrate effort and good play from both sides.
  • Always respect the Referee and coaches and encourage players to do the same.
  • Please stay behind the touchline and behind the RESPECT
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour.
  • The organisers reserve the right to ask anyone who is considered to be behaving in an inappropriate way to leave the tournament.
  • Any behaviour falling below the standard expected by the rules and codes of conduct may be reported to the FA
  • Referee and match official abuse will not be tolerated under any circumstances and will result in the individual/team/Club being asked to leave the tournament and will be reported to the FA.

Players

  • Abide by the rules of the tournament and decisions made by the officials and referees.
  • Play fairly and demonstrate good sportsmanship both on and off the pitch.
  • Play by the laws of the game.
  • Do not argue with the referee.

Coaches and Parents

  • Act as a positive role model to all young players.
  • Be familiar with, and abide by, the FA child protection guidance in relation to verbal and emotional abuse.
  • Remember children play sport for their enjoyment.
  • Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all youngsters irrespective of which team they play for.
  • Respect match official’s decisions ‐ Remember, they provide an opportunity for youngsters to play and enjoy rugby.
  • Never verbally abuse players, match officials, fellow spectators, or coaches.
  • Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than the “win at all costs” ethic.
  • Verbally encourage all youngsters in a positive way. If you do want to shout, make sure it is ‘for’, not ‘at’, the players.
  • Condemn bad language, rude behaviour, and violence.

Discipline

All coaches, parents and players must be made aware of the tournament code of conduct and are subject to eviction from the tournament should the code be breached, this will be decided at the discretion of the tournament committee.

Tournament Committee

The management committee will have the power to apply, act upon and enforce the Rules of the Tournament and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Tournaments, including any not provided for by the Rules. In the event of a dispute, only the team coach will discuss with the Committee.

FAQs

  • Where is the tournament venue?

    The venue is held at Poolfoot Farm – Butts Road, Thornton-Cleveleys FY5 4HX

  • How many games will we play?

    Each team will play up to 7 games per day – the duration of the games depends on the number of teams in each age category. However, each team will play up to the maximum number of minutes per day, as stipulated by The FA.

    Age groups Team size Playing time
    Under 7s to Under 8s 5-a-side Up to 60 mins per day
    Under 9s to Under 10s 7-a-side Up to 90 mins per day
    Under 11s to Under 12s 9-a-side Up to 120 mins per day
    Under 15s 11-a-side Up to 150 mins per day
  • When do we play our games?

    The tournament will be split into two sessions:

    • 9AM – 1:30PM: U7, U9, U11, U13
    • 2PM – 6PM:  U8, U10, U12, U15

    Please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your session.

  • How can we check our fixtures and scores?

    Poolfoot Farm has its own online results page where you can view fixtures and track results. The web page will be published closer to the event.

  • What I.D do we have to bring for the players?

    We ask that you bring Club/League cards OR a photocopy of a passport for all players involved in the tournament. Age checks may be carried at any point during the tournament.

  • Will there be finals?

    There will be no finals – we do this to ensure all teams in your age group play the same number of matches and minutes.

  • Shall we bring both home & away kits?

    To avoid kit clashes, we strongly recommend you bring both your home & away strips.

  • Do we have to bring footballs?

    Yes please – the ‘home’ team for each match will be required to provide the match ball.

  • Do you provide referees?

    Of course – all our referees are qualified.

  • What footwear should players wear?

    Pitches are played on either grass or Astro – please see below for your age group:

    • Astro – U7, U8, U9, U10, U11,U12
    • Grass – U13, U15
  • Can we park onsite and how much does it cost?

    FREE Car parking is available onsite at Poolfoot Farm. However, spaces are limited so we strongly recommend car sharing.

  • Do we have to drive to the venue?

    For teams staying in accommodation, there is also a shuttle bus available at £15 per person for the weekend. Please note, spaces are offered on a first come first served basis.

  • What catering options are there?

    Pizza Calcio offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bar snacks. The Terrace also offers both indoor and outdoor area (with a retractable roof) and serves the Pizza Calcio menu. Tables can be reserved on request.

    Pizza Calcio Menu

    Poolfoot Farm also has the biggest beer garden on the Fylde Coast, so it is the ideal place to enjoy a cold refreshment in the sun (hopefully!).

    Beer Garden Hatch Menu

     

  • Can we bring our own BBQ?

    We are afraid Poolfoot Farm does not allow BBQs onsite.

  • Will alcohol be served?

    Yes – the venue has a licensed bar and there will be some fantastic promotions available, exclusive to this event.

  • Can we bring our own alcohol to the tournament venue?

    Only alcohol that is purchased at Poolfoot Farm can be consumed onsite.

  • Are dogs allowed?

    Yes, Poolfoot Farm is dog friendly, but dogs must be on a lead at all times and are not permitted in the main buildings.

  • Will there be a presentation?

    Yes, presentations will take place on Sunday at Poolfoot Farm once your age group has played all matches.

  • Will players receive medals/trophies?

    All players will receive a participation medal which will be presented by ex Manchester United player, Clayton Blackmore. There will also be trophies for those who come first and second in their league.

  • What happens if a member of my group causes damage to the accommodation or the event site?

    All damages should be reported prior to departure. The cost of any damage or compensation is the joint responsibility of all group members. It is for the service provider / host club / accommodation centre to reasonably determine the value of the damage or compensation. Any costs will be charged to your group and will be payable on demand. Where your group has paid a security deposit directly to the accommodation centre, any issues will be in accordance with their own policy.

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Fixtures information:

The fixture schedule for the weekend is hosted online at Poolfoot Farm’s dedicated website. NB the page is not currently live and will go live nearer to the event.

Fixture List

*Please do not print out your schedule as it is subject to change dependent on late entries/withdrawals

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Pitch Plan:

TBC

Team Details:

TBC

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Our team will be out and about ‘tweeting’ and ‘posting’ all weekend, sharing all the fun and excitement at each of our tournament sites, so keep an eye on our social media channels. We would love to see what you and your team are getting up to, so be sure to share it with us by using #ST22.

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Questions?

If you have any further questions not answered on this page, or our accommodation page, please contact our team who will be happy to help.

We look forward to seeing you at our 2022 Blackpool Easter Football Tournament at Poolfoot Farm!