Park Life: FA People’s Cup a ‘walk in the park’

Walking football at the Wakefield Football Centre.
Walking football at the Wakefield Football Centre.
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LEEDS interest is sadly already over as far as this season’s FA Sunday Cup is concerned.

Early exits for Chapeltown Fforde Grene, HT Sports and Halton Moor mean there will be no repeat of last term’s magical run for Fforde who made the semi-finals.

Away from the grassroots sphere, at least Leeds United ought to have fair claims of making round four of the ‘proper’ version with a home draw against Rotherham. Let’s just hope Neil Redfearn gets his car parking space this time.

But there’s still one last chance for a grassroots team to have a 2016 dream FA Cup run thanks to the FA People’s Cup – the first round of which will take place over the weekend of January 22-24. A great initiative, the FA are putting on 10 different national tournaments with both male and female competitions for both under-14s and under-16s, plus adults and veterans (over-35s). Tournaments will also be held for walking football (mixed) and pan disability with Powerleague Leeds Central on Wellington Bridge Street among the venues staging the opening round.

Teams that progress beyond round one will qualify for regional semi-finals on February 27-28 with the grand finals to follow in mid-March. The lucky winning teams will then get tickets to the Emirates FA Cup final in May next year.

Can’t be bad, can it, though I don’t think the Yorkshire Evening Post will be putting a team together. If we did, we’d have to enter the veterans competition as my quick glance around the office fails to pick up many folk who are aged under 35. Apart from me of course – a spring chicken at 32. And then there’s young star journalist Amitai Winehouse, currently on on loan from the Mail, a genuine whippersnapper 23. He’s nearer the under-16s category.

Good luck to anyone who puts a team together. You might as well have a go, after all, free tickets to the final in May – to see 250-1 shots LUFC lift aloft the trophy of course.

lTo register a place in the FA People’s Cup please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/30657513 or for info email info@thefapeoplescup.com.

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