Trip to St Georges Park coming up next month for lucky youngsters...

LYME Regis Football Club Under-12s, boys and girls, are getting the trip of a lifetime on June 16th when 10 lucky members will take part in the Rotary U12s 5-a-side Football Competition at St Georges Park, the FA National Football Centre.

This £105m facility, opened in 2012, is the home to England’s 28 national teams, with 13 outdoor pitches, including a replica of the Wembley surface. 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.

Their participation in this competition has been arranged by The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis with a generous grant towards expenses and a new strip especially for the event.

The competition is played under 5-a-side rules. Squads consist of up to 10 players, boys and girls, with a team of five on the field at any one time, substitutions allowed at any time during a game.

“Every young football player dreams of playing at St Georges Park,” said Rotarian Jim Moseley. “The competition is arranged in leagues and we expect to have at least 10 matches, with the top four 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.”

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