After a record number of teams entered in 2019, the Blackpool International trophy continues to go from strength to strength with the addition of a second festival on the Spring bank holiday weekend. With a great selection of accommodation ranging from 4 star luxury hotels to great value smaller hotels and a first class football venue at AFC Blackpool (Mayday only) , it is not hard to see why the tournament is now one of our most popular tours.
And with this years NEW Bank Holiday date to mark VE day - Friday is a play day - you can make the most of the break and arrive on Thursday afternoon*!
As a resort with appeal for the whole family Blackpool is hard to beat, with superb state of the art attractions and rides to match anywhere in Europe. With its 7 miles of sandy beaches, the famous Golden Mile, historic Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure beach Theme Park with white knuckle rides there is something to keep everyone happy.
VE Bank Holiday Tournament
The location for the tournament really does justify the esteemed standing of the event with Blackpool AFC the host venue in 2020.
The venue has a stadium pitch and many superb outside pitches for teams to play on. In the past we have welcomed some of the legends of the game at our Celebrity Presentation evenings including ex England and Liverpool star John Barnes and former European golden boot winner Kevin Phillips. Who will you meet in 2020?
For the Springbank date we are very excited to have teamed up with another football event organisation. You will have the added advantage of two major organisers joining forces to make this tournament one to remember.
The Blackpool Cup is played at Uclan Sports Arena in Preston, which has excellent facilities with 10 high quality pitches. Uclan Sports Arena is located around 30 minutes by car from Blackpool.
All players will be presented with their Blackpool Cup Respect medals on the Respect stage at the main tournament hub for each venue immediately upon finishing their team’s last game on Sunday. These presentations do not have a football celebrity but ensure all participants enjoy their '5 minutes of fame' complete with country flags, national anthems and medals presentations.
Blackpool is a hugely popular location for holidaymakers - with thousands travelling year after year to experience the fun and excitement on offer. We think it's the perfect location for a fun filled football tour and are proud to stage The Blackpool International Trophy Football Tournament close to lively Blackpool.
*applies to VE Day break only - 7th - 10th May 2020
Standard & Superior Hotel Options
For 2020, we are delighted to offer a great range of 2 and 3 star hotels in Blackpool that will suit a range of different budgets. Most of the hotels offer twin, double and triple rooms with some offering family rooms sleeping 4.
Standard 2* Hotels
All these hotels provide a nice level of comfort and are perfect for teams looking for great value for money. The standard hotel range include:
Superior 3* Hotels
All these hotels offer an extra level of comfort and luxury. The Cliffs and Sheraton hotels offer swimming pools. The superior range include:
For 2020 we have the fantastic 4 star The Grand Hotel (formerly the Hilton Hotel) and the 4 star Imperial Hotel.
4 star The Grand Hotel
Perfect for a family football tour, The Grand is one of the best hotels in Blackpool and offers beautiful views and easy access to popular local attractions such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Indoor pool and sauna
Enjoy complimentary access to the LivingWell Health Club during your stay. Kids and adults alike will love swimming in the heated pool or you can keep up with your health routine in the 24-hour fitness centre that offers exercise classes.
Family Guest Rooms
Discover a home away from home perfect for all the family in The Grand's family guest rooms. These comfortable rooms are able to accommodate all family needs offering bunk or sofa beds for children. Stay entertained with the in-room movie channel on the LCD flat screen TV or simply relax. Sleeps two adults and two children.
NEW - 4 Star The Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, is a grand 19th Century hotel recalling the opulence and glamour of this famous resort’s Victorian heyday, with all the comforts of modern life.
Situated on North Promenade, The Imperial Hotel is a Blackpool landmark and has welcomed a host of royalty, politicians, statesmen and stars of both the stage and screen over the years. The hotel enjoys spectacular views of the beach to the sea and is close to all major attractions.
|Blackpool Hotels - Standard & Superior Hotels Bed & Breakfast - Up to 6 person rooms available.
The Grand Hotel - Bed & Breakfast - 4 person rooms only.
The Imperial Hotel - Bed & Breakfast - Twin, Double, Family 3 & 4 Bedded rooms available.
|4 Star Imperial Hotel
|4 Star The Grand Hotel
4 Person Family Rooms
Thursday 7th -
Sunday 10th May 2020
|3 Night Stay (All room types) All prices are per person.||£126||£145||£149||£149|
|Spring Bank Weekend
Fri 22nd -
Monday 25th May 2020
|3 Night Stay (All room types) All prices are per person.||£126||£145||-||-|
|Superior hotels are either 3 star hotels or have swimming pools. The Grand - minimum charge of 4 persons in family rooms.|
Book before 31st October 2019 and and receive one free place for every 25 persons.
Full deposits are required to qualify for offers.
Every member of your party booked with R&T Tours will be allocated an R&T wristband. Please be aware that persons without an R&T wristband will not be able to participate in the football tournament or attend the presentation ceremony. Wristbands cannot be purchased separately.
The location for the Blackpool International Trophy really does justify the esteemed standing of the event with Blackpool AFC the host venue in 2020. The venue has a stadium pitch and many superb outside pitches for teams to play on. This football stadium venue provides excellent pitches and a wide range of facilities for players and spectators.
May Day 2020:
U7s, U8s - 5v5
U9s, U10s - 7v7
U11s U12s - 9v9
U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s - 11v11
U10 to U11 - 7v7
U12 to U14 - 9v9
Spring Bank 2020:
U8s - 5v5
U9s, U10s, U11s - 7v7
U12s - 9v9
U13s, U14s, U15s - 11v11
U13 - 9v9
U15s, U17s - 11v11
The following registration fees are payable PER TEAM.
Our tournaments are not just about the football - your players can gain valuable experience playing against a number of different teams, make friends, and who knows - maybe even take away some trophies!
The actual format of the tournament will depend on the ages and number of teams taking part, with full details being supplied as far in advance of your departure as possible. What we can tell you is that you can be sure of a well organised and planned event with every detail taken care of. We will do our best to ensure that every team plays the maximum amount of football permitted by the FA on each day of the event in which they participate or qualify. Age groups below are general for all UK tournaments - please check the chart below for which age groups can enter your specific tournament.
U7 & U8 – maximum 45 minutes each day
U9, U10, U11m – maximum 60 minutes each day
U11 playing 9V9 - maximum 80 minutes each day
U11 to U15 – maximum 100 minutes each day
In most cases, teams of the same age are divided into groups (the number in each group will depend on the number of teams which enter in that age group). Teams will play a league format and in most cases the winner and runner up of each group will go through to a semi-final to determine the eventual finalists. Due to differing qualifying dates applying in Scotland, Ireland, and Europe, these teams will play in an age group one year above their own.
If you are unsure about what age group your players should be entered into, please check the qualifying dates chart in the charts below.
|Age Groups The Blackpool International Trophy 2019|
|Born on or after||Sept 2012||Sept 2011||Sept 2010||Sept 2009||Sept 2008||Sept 2007||Sept 2006||Sept 2005|
|Age Groups The Blackpool International Trophy|
|Born on or after||Sept 2004||Sept 2003||Sept 2009||Sept 2007||Sept 2005||Sept 2003|
We have built up a nucleus of quality referees that look forward to attending our events; many have been with us since our UK tournaments began. We will provide qualified referees throughout the competition, as well as qualified assistant referees for the finals. You will therefore be asked to put forward a volunteer assistant referee for the early round matches.
In order to qualify for our tournaments, your team must be affiliated to a County or Schools FA. We DO NOT allow Representative, Football Academy, or Schools of Excellence teams to enter. However, individual players from such teams are allowed as 'guest players' within teams who are eligible to enter the tournament.
Football schedules, location of pitches, and all tournament information will be displayed on our website approximately 7 days prior to the start of the tournament, in the Schedules section. It is extremely important to check this information beforehand.
Injuries unfortunately can happen, and when they do it is essential to have adequate first aid cover. We provide excellent first aid cover at all football venues using the services of organisations such as St Johns Ambulance, Red Cross or other qualified medics.