Grassroots festival looks to Europe

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The sixth annual KBB Suffolk FA Grassroots Festival will have a Euro 2016 theme.

Registration is now open for the festival, which celebrates youth grassroots football in the county and will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, next year.

Two years ago the festival was themed around the World Cup in Brazil – next year’s festival will coincide with the Euro 2016 tournament taking place in France, starting on June 10.

Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich will once again host the festival, which will be open to male and female teams from under-7 to under-16.

Suffolk FA football development manager Nathan French, who is organising the festival, said: “We’re delighted to launch our sixth KBB Grassroots festival.

“The festivals have grown year on year with over 150 teams participating over the weekend.

“Our aim is to give everyone involved in the festival a great football experience and I would encourage managers across the various age groups to sign up their teams as soon as possible.”

Roger Peck, director of sponsors KBB, said: “Once again KBB is very pleased and excited at the prospect of sponsoring the Grassroots Festival, allowing children of all ages and abilities the chance to come along over the Bank Holiday weekend and take part in the free football festival.

“With Euro 2016 starting in June and our nations preparing for two months of ‘football fever’ the Grassroots Festival, themed around Euro 2016, provides our Suffolk youth the opportunity of being part of our county’s warm-up celebrations and I too would encourage all the local football managers to ensure their children’s team sign up to take part in this wonderful showcase of local talent.”

Teams can sign up for the festival by visiting www.suffolkfa.com