Northampton football festival to offer a taste of World Cup

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This summer the Racecourse will host a football festival that will bring together teams representing Brazil, France, Portugal, Argentina and England as young footballers from across Northampton play out their own World Cup.

With the World Cup set to start in just a few weeks Northampton Leisure Trust will be bringing together over 200 young footballers for an international themed Street Football Festival. The three-day event will kick off next week with different age groups being invited to play on different days.

This year the 13 Street Football Projects will each be adopting a World Cup nation as they compete in five-a-side matches and events that will test the technical skill and flair of Northampton’s best young footballers. At the start of each day each Street Football Project will discover the team they will be representing and the famous colours they will get to wear.

The football festival will be held at the Racecourse between 1pm and 4.30pm on the following days:

Tuesday 27 May (age group 11 -13)

Wednesday 28 May (age group 14 -16)

Thursday 29 May (age group 17 – 19)

Ian Redfern, managing director or Northampton Leisure Trust, said: “These tournaments are always really popular and win, lose or draw everyone taking part has a great time, and this year we are also celebrating the Brazil World Cup. The Street Football Project brings together young people across the town to share their talent on the pitch and make new friends off of it.

“I wish all of the players and teams the best of luck, it should be a fantastic three days of football with standards of fairplay and teamwork that the professionals could learn from.”

Although the teams have now been chosen for the summer festival it’s never too late to get involved. Street Football training sessions are completely free and take place every weeknight in Northampton. Organisers are always on the look out for new players and volunteers to help run the sessions.

The project that has been running for over seven years, helping thousands of young people break down the barriers between different backgrounds and communities. For more information call Northampton Borough Council’s street football officer, Gavin Lewis on 01604 838 458 or email