Football Festival Fun

A weekend of Fun for more than 2000 youngsters

More than 2000 young footballers took over Frenchfields in Penrith over the weekend of 1 and 2 June, taking part in the annual Cumberland FA Charter Standard Festival!

First staged in 2006, the popular event in the grassroots football calendar brings teams from across Cumberland to play in a fun and friendly event.

 With boys and girls from Under 7 to Under 14 playing across 20 pitches the festival is a thank you from Cumberland FA to FA Charter Standard Clubs for their hard work and dedication throughout the season. Once again this year, pan disability players from local Clubs were welcomed on Saturday.

The fixture programme, where no scores are kept also gives teams from three different Youth Leagues the opportunity to play teams they wouldn’t usually play against.
Brand new for this year were additional Cumberland FA attractions with players playing 2v2 in a mini pitch and a penalty shoot-out while they were between games! 

221 teams took part over the weekend, with more than 45 referees supporting the event over the two days.

James Reid, Football Development Officer for Cumberland FA commented:

“With the launch of the new FA Respect Campaign ‘We only do positive’ our focus at Cumberland FA was delivering a high quality festival where positivity was at the heart of it. The festival gave coaches, referees, parents and spectators alike, a model environment for grassroots football to be played. Ultimately we have worked hard over the years to ensure we put the players at the centre of the environment and this year was no different. We hope that the little additions we have been making year on year improves the experience for everyone involved. On behalf of Cumberland FA can I take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported the weekend in ensuring that players, spectators, coaches and referee’s had an environment for all to enjoy.”

Cumberland FA couldn’t provide this fantastic opportunity for teams and players across the county without a number of partners. Thanks to:
Eden District Council for their continued support in the build up and over the weekend. 
McDonalds for their backing with the Community Days, also providing refreshments and volunteers
Penrith Lions who once again supported the car parking with volunteers
The team of volunteers who supported in the build-up and during the weekend
The referees who have volunteered their time to give the players a proper football experience. Many of the referees are newly qualified so the event also gives them an opportunity to gain experience in a supportive and relaxed environment.
Kitlocker for giving the teams 3 chances to win some fantastic prizes!


Congratulations to the winners of the Raffle Prizes. Each prize was drawn on Saturday and Sunday so there was two chances to win each one!

A pair of England International Match Tickets – Philip Glencross (Warwick Wanderers JFC) and Samantha Robson (Northbank 1970 U10)
5 Nike Training Footballs (Size 4) – A Lightfoot (Penrith JFC U8) and Emma Mumberson (Abbeytown JFC U11)
A Nike Kit Pack – Matthew Glencross (Abbeytown Athletic JFC U10) and Carol Harrison
A pair of FA Community Shield Tickets – Ashton Hetherington (Whitehaven AFC U8) and Mandy Oates (Harraby Catholic Club U12 Girls)


Check out the photos on our Facebook Page and search for #CFAFestival2019 on Twitter to see what happened over the weekend!