Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Young fans can win Cup for a night

Young football fans are going to be given the chance to have a sleepover with The FA Cup in their own home

Young football fans are going to be given the chance to have a sleepover with The FA Cup in their own home.

Children who take part in the country wide FA Cup Trophy Tour will be able to win the chance to have the trophy in their house for the night.

This will be part of the build up to the first, second, third and fourth round fixtures of the competition.

The trophy will be dropped off at the homes of the lucky youngsters that win and then collected the next morning.

The FA's Sir Trevor Brooking said: "The FA Cup goes hand-in-hand with some of English football's greatest moments and it's a competition that holds such fond memories for fans up and down the country.

"No other football competition in the world matches non-league minnows against giants of the game.

"You just have to look back at last season's Third Round and Tamworth FC travelling to Goodison Park against Everton FC.

"It's that sense of occasion and the unexpected that gives the FA Cup such a magical feel.

"The FA Cup is one of the most recognisable pieces of silverware in world sport and we hope that a new wave of football mad youngsters can fall in love with the competition like generations of children before them."

Children under 12-years-old will be given the chance to enter the prize draw as part of the tour, with four opportunities to win a sleepover with the trophy.

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