Long road to Wembley starts down small country lane in Norfolk

21 February 2019

The long road to Wembley for some has started down a small country lane in Norfolk as students from Easton and Otley College took part in the FA People’s Cup.

The FA People’s Cup was first formed in 2015 so this is the fourth year of the tournament. It is a free-to-enter, small sided competition run in partnership with the BBC Get Inspired programme.

Nine teams (four girls’ teams and five boys’ teams) took part in a round robin event at the Easton campus of the college in Norwich.

The winning teams (called ‘Wild Kicks’ and ‘Karen’s Bois’) will now go forward to a regional tournament (location to be confirmed) in March 2019. If successful in these regional heats, the teams will then progress to the national finals that will be held at St George’s Park in April 2019.

If they were to win this stage of the competition at St George’s, they would receive their medals before the FA Cup Final at Wembley on 18 May 2019.

Martin Edgar helped organise this event. The assistant curriculum quality manager for sport and public services, said, “This is the first year we have done this and it provides an opportunity for all students across the college with the chance to participate in competitive sport. It would be great for the students to go on the pitch at the FA Cup Final as it is still one of the pinnacle sporting events in this country – it would just be incredible. It’s a long road but anything is possible. Looking back you only have to think of Wimbledon beating Liverpool back in 1988 and this year, Newport County have shown that the magic of the cup is still alive, (despite their recent defeat to Manchester City). Let’s hope some of that magic spreads to Easton this year.”

Student, George Arbon is from Swaffham. He was part of the winning team called Karen’s Bois. He said. “It feels massive for us to get through to the next stage. It’s good to be involved and see how far we can go. I think we’ve got a good shot.”

Student, James Bemrose from Long Stratton, added, “It would mean a huge amount to win this and to walk out at Wembley would be amazing.”

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