YOUNG footballers from Lyme Regis will be given the opportunity of a lifetime – to play at the FA National Football Centre at St George’s Park.
Boys and girls from Lyme Regis Football Club’s Under 12s team are being offered the opportunity thanks to the Rotary Club’s 5-a-side football competition, to be held at the National Football Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire, on June 16.
This £105million facility, opened in 2012, is the home to England’s 28 national teams, with 13 outdoor pitches, including a replica of the Wembley surface.
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has arranged for local youngsters to take part, with a generous grant towards expenses and a new strip especially for the event.
The competition is played under 5-a-side rules. Squads consists of up to 10 players, boys and girls, with a team of five on the field at any one time, and substitutions allowed at any time during a game.
Rotarian Jim Mosley said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for these youngsters, not just visiting the place where their heroes learned their skills but actually playing on the same pitches, named after football greats like Gordon Banks and Gary Lineker. Every young football player dreams of playing at St Georges Park.
“The competition is arranged in leagues and we expect to have at least 10 matches, with the top 4 teams going on to semi-finals and then finals.
“The players are really enthusiastic and excited at the prospect of playing at the home of the FA and Rotary is delighted to be able to afford them of that opportunity. We wish them all the very best.”