Torquay Football Festival, Devon U7 to U15 Boys

The Torquay Festival of Football

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend Friday 30th April - Monday 3rd May 2021
Spring Bank Holiday Weekend Friday 28th May - Monday 31st May 2021

The Torquay Festival of football, formally known as The Devon Soccer Challenge has developed an enviable reputation as one of the most organised and successful football tournaments in the UK. The success of the tournament is based on the excellent network of tournament organisers who have helped coordinate the event for a number of years. Much research has gone into finding the right football venue to stage the tournament.

We are happy to work together with the highly regarded Devon FA - giving you the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits an R&T tournament has to offer but with the added advantage of two major organisers joining forces to make this event one to remember.

The Devon Football Association Centre and Decoy Park provides an excellent venue for this tournament. In the last few years the tournament has welcomed some legends of the game including former Liverpool and England star John Barnes, Tottenham and Argentina World Cup winners Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa and Liverpool and England star Ray Clemence who have all been guests at the prestigious presentation evening.

Accommodation is at the excellent Riviera Hotel in Torquay and Barton Hall - just a  short car journey from Torquay. Torquay’s stunning harbour has a fantastic selection of restaurants and pubs only.  Known for beaches such as Babbacombe and cliffside Oddicombe, its coastline is nicknamed the English Riviera.  Torquay Harbour near the town centre offers shops, cafes and a marina. When not playing football why not visit Splashdown, Britain’s largest outdoor waterpark or take your team on a magical day out at Crealy Adventure park or Go Ape-the multi-award winning tree-top forest adventure park. Whatever you decide to do, you are guaranteed to enjoy the tour of a lifetime.

Tour Highlights

  • One of the UK's most beautiful coastal resorts
  • Football played at the Devon FA Centre and Decoy Park
  • Hotel or Activity Centre accommodayion.
  • Stunning coastal views and beaches nearby
  • Fantastic tournament venues
  • Large tournament, teams from all over the UK take part

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!

Accommodation: 

The Riviera Hotel, Torquay

A warm welcome awaits you at the Riviera Hotel in the heart of Torquay on the English Riviera.

Offering good value, friendly and comfortable accommodation and just a stones throw away from Torquay's award winning beaches, sparkling blue sea and all that the English Riviera and surrounding area has to offer.

Accommodation comprises of 142 well appointed, en-suite bedrooms with digital flat screen tv's and tea and coffee making facilities.  Rooms include singles, doubles, twins and large family rooms suitable for a couple with children. There is also a lovely indoor pool and Jacuzzi and are currently under construction is a Spa to include a gym, treatment rooms and nail bar!

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis but an option is to also use the on site restaurant caters for those who love traditional cuisine with Chefs ready to carve for you either a delicious home cooked joint or you can choose from our market day specials or our vegetarian options. You can then help yourself to a variety of freshly cooked vegetables and potatoes.  To follow, there is a mouthwatering choice of hot and cold desserts on offer.

After dinner why not visit the Show Bar for the evenings entertainment, including bingo followed by our cabaret act and dancing until late. Alternatively, make you way down to the Sports Bar for a drink and catch the latest Sky or BT sports game showing on one of their large flat screen tv's.

BARTON HALL

For the Mayday and Spring Bank Weekend festival we are delighted to have Barton Hall in our accommodation portfolio for 2021. 

At the heart of the English Riviera with views to Torquay, blue flag beaches and Dartmoor close by, it’s easy to see why Barton Hall adventure centre is so popular. 

There’s a heated outdoor pool, a water sports lake for a raft-building adventure and many other inspiring activities that will make your football tour a truly memorable experience. Furthermore, all activities, breakfasts and evening meals are included for the duration of your stay.
 

Facilities

  • Indoor activity zone
  • Lake
  • Abseiling Tower
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Bar
  • Shop

ACTIVITIES

  • Abseiling
  • Aoroball
  • Aquafun/Swimming
  • Archery
  • Buggy Building
  • Canoeing
  • Challenge Course
  • Climbing
  • Dry Slope Skiing
  • Fencing
  • Giant Swing
  • Jacobs Ladder
  • Orienteering
  • Problem Solving
  • Quad Biking
  • Raft Building
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Sensory Trail
  • Survivor
  • Trapeze
  • Vertical Challenge
  • Zip Wire
Dates and prices per person: 
The Riviera Hotel, Torquay - Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in 2,3 and 4 bedded rooms - Price per person - All age groups
May Day Weekend
Fri 30th April - Mon 3rd May 2021
£131
Book this tour with a deposit of £35 per person!
PGL Barton Hall - Half Board Accommodation (Breakfast and Evening Meal included) Chalets - Price per person - All age groups
  PGL Barton Hall Activity Centre
Chalets - 2, 4, 5 or 6 persons
Half Board (breakfast & evening meal included)
May Day Weekend
Fri 30th April - Mon 3rd May 2021
£149
Spring Bank Holiday Weekend
Fri 28th - Mon 31st May 2021
£149
Book this tour with a deposit of £35 per person!

Special Offer
Book before 31st October 2020 and receive one free place for every 25 persons.
Full deposits required to qualify for offers.

Under Occupancy Surcharges

Hotels

No Under Occupancy Supplements.

Barton Hall

No underoccupancy will apply in most cases.  We however have a limited number of 2 bedded rooms.  If it were necessary to place 2 persons into a 4 bedded room, the following supplements would apply.

2 persons in a 4 bedded room: £90 per empty bed : Total £180 room supplement will apply.

Tournament info: 

Age groups

Mayday and Spring Bank:
U7, U8 - 5v5
U9, U10 - 7v7
U11, U12, U13, U14, U15* - 9v9

*U15's are accommodated at Barton Hall holiday park only

Tournament Registration Fees

The following registration fees are payable PER TEAM.

  • U15 and above - £235
  • 9v9 £159
  • 7v7 £150
  • 5v5 £145

Much research has gone into finding the right football venue to stage the tournament.

The Devon Football Association Centre and Decoy Park provides an excellent venue for this tournament. In the last few years the tournament has welcomed some legends of the game including former Liverpool and England star John Barnes, Tottenham and Argentina World Cup winners Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa and Liverpool and England star Ray Clemence who have all been guests at the prestigious presentation evening.

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

Gender

Players

Qualifying Date

U7

Boys

5v5

born after Sept 13

U8

Boys

5v5

born after Sept 12

U9

Boys

7v7

born after Sept 11

U10

Boys

7v7

born after Sept 10

U11

Boys

9v9

born after Sept 09

U12

Boys

9v9

born after Sept 08

U13

Boys

9v9

born after Sept 07

U14

Boys

9v9

born after Sept 06

U15

Boys

9v9

born after Sept 05

WRISTBANDS

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.

REFEREES AT OUR TOURNAMENTS

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.

TOURNAMENT QUALIFICATION

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.

SCHEDULES

Football schedules, location of pitches, and all tournament information will be displayed on our score centre www.rtscores.co.uk approximately 7 days prior to the start of the tournament. It is extremely important to check this information beforehand.

FIRST AID AT FOOTBALL VENUES

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.

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