After a record number of teams entered in 2018 , 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.
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.
The location for the Blackpool International Trophy really does justify the esteemed standing of the event with Blackpool AFC the host venue for Mayday 2019. 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.
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.
Our Blackpool International Trophy spectacular presentations are held at The Viva Club (Mayday), which is an evening of great excitement! It’s the ideal venue in the ideal location for our Football presentation and for our teams to enjoy all the razzamatazz in style and comfort. The presentation will be held on the Sunday afternoon and win lose or draw every player will receive a momento. Past football celebrities have included Liverpool's John Barnes and Phil Thompson amongst others.
Standard & Superior Hotel Options
For 2019, 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 even 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 2019 we have the fantastic 4 star The Grand Hotel (formerly the Hilton 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. Take advantage of the health club sauna or dine in the on-site restaurant where kids under 10 eat free!
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.
|Blackpool Hotels - Standard & Superior Hotels Bed & Breakfast - Up to 6 person rooms available.
The Grand Hotel - Room Only - up to 4 person rooms available.
|4* The Grand Hotel
4 Person Family Rooms
Friday 3rd -
Monday 6th May 2019
|3 Night Stay (All room types) All prices are per person.||£124||£139||£139||£149||£151|
|Spring Bank Weekend
Fri 24th -
Monday 27th May 2019
|3 Night Stay (All room types) All prices are per person.||£124||£139||-||-||-|
|Superior hotels are either 3 star hotels or have swimming pools. The Grand - minimum charge of 4 persons in family rooms.|
|Optional evening meal available at the Sheraton Hotel for £5 per person, per night|
1-2-3 Special Offers:
Book before :
30th September 2018 and get last seasons prices - applies to Standard Hotels only - and one free place for the group leader and one free place for every 25 persons.
30th October 2018 and receive an additional free place for the group leader and one free place for every 25 persons.
30th November 2018 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 2019. 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.
U7s, U8s - 5v5
U9s, U10s - 7v7
U11s U12s - 9v9
U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s - 11v11
Girls - U10s, U12s, U14s, U16 - 7 a side
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 U16 – 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 2011||Sept 2010||Sept 2009||Sept 2008||Sept 2007||Sept 2006||Sept 2005||Sept 2004|
|Age Groups The Blackpool International Trophy|
|Born on or after||Sept 2003||Sept 2002||Sept 2008||Sept 2006||Sept 2004||Sept 2002|
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.