The People's FA Cup 2017: the first round
3 February 2017
For those that think the FA Cup has lost its magic – the People’s FA Cup is coming to Bristol
With a new mission to ‘unite the game’, the managers at the FA are determined to revamp their reputation and the increasingly elite perception of football across the green playing fields of England. The People’s FA Cap is a competition that celebrates that it’s the taking part that counts, and is strictly for amateur footballers only.
This year the competition, now in its third year, will include a new student category for Higher Education institutions. Students from the University of Bristol will be competing for a place in the final at Wembley Stadium.
While the quest for cup glory has created a real buzz of excitement on campus, the competition also helps to address the drop-off in participation within association football that has markedly increased in the past two years across the UK, with high drop-out rates post education also an issue.
“Sport needs to be fun, flexible and readily available. Increasing student participation levels in all forms of activity and sport is the number one priority for the department of Sport, Exercise and Health” says Robbie Fox, Sport Development Officer at the University of Bristol.
The University of Bristol will be amongst almost 40 HEIs which have registered to take part in the People’s Cup. Bristol’s journey begins with round one matches for male and female students taking place on 25 and 26 February at the Coombe Dingle Sports Complex in Stoke Bishop. With 19 men’s teams already signed up, it promises to be an action-packed weekend.