Frodsham is hosting a new football festival on Saturday to raise funds to improve the state of pitches, changing rooms and social areas for footballers in the village.

Ryan Edghill and Mark Rowland, who set up North West Amateur Football Association, say Frodsham Festival of Football on August 31 from 9am-9pm, at the Saltworks Football Pitches, Ship Street, is a family fun day with ‘something for everyone’.

Sixteen veteran teams from across the North West will compete for a trophy. And there will also be a fun fair, children’s activities, a barbecue, live bands, beer tent and stalls.

Admission is free but the bar, refreshments and raffle will help raise funds towards improving local facilities and people will be encouraged to make a donation.

Organiser Ryan said: “We originally decided to host a football tournament for veterans due to the lack of 11-a-side competitions for this age group but then we realised that there was scope to turn it into a big event to benefit the local community, it really has gone crazy and it is remarkable how many people are getting behind what we are trying to achieve.”

Ryan and Mark say football is the national sport but at grassroots level, facilities all over the country are “often found in a dilapidated condition”.

Fellow organiser Mark added: “Not only do we want to raise funds for improving the football facilities we also hope to eventually develop Frodsham into a hub for social football, it would be great to have world class facilities in the town and players from all over travel to play social football, this can only have a positive impact for Frodsham as well.”

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