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Lancaster City confirm historic Easter Field Festival is returning

A famous 130-year-old Lancaster sports event is back for 2024.

Lancaster City Football Club is reviving the famous Easter Field Festival, giving hundreds of schoolchildren the opportunity to take part in this historic event once again.

Last year, Lancaster City and Dollies in the Community announced the revival of the much-loved and fondly remembered Easter Field event. First held in 1892 at the Giant Axe - Lancaster City’s football ground - the event was the brainchild of philanthropist and former Mayor, William Smith.

Led by Lancaster City Director Dave Evans, Easter Field 2023 returned on Easter Monday, and featured twenty-two teams from Lancaster and Morecambe and the surrounding district attended along with hundreds of supporters, family members, sponsors and club officials.

St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School were runners-up in both primary school competitions, losing on penalties after a goalless draw with Lancaster Road in the girls category and the boys lost 1-0 in a very competitive game against Moorside.

That sentiment remains this time around, as the club looks forward to hosting another superb occasion.

Director James Cummiskey is heading up this year’s event and said: “I want to express the profound significance of hosting our annual Easter Field Tournament.

‘’This event is not just a tournament; it's a tradition that celebrates the rich history of youth football in our area and the vibrant community that supports it. Over the years, the Easter Field Tournament has become a cornerstone event, eagerly anticipated by young athletes and their families alike.

‘’It embodies our passion for the game and our commitment to nurturing the next generation of football talent.

‘’At Lancaster City FC, our dedication to youth football extends beyond the field. We believe in creating opportunities for young players to shine, learn, and grow in a competitive yet supportive environment. This tournament showcases the best of local youth football, bringing together schools, volunteers, and the wider community in a festival of sport that transcends competition.

‘’It's a testament to our collective commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles and fostering a sense of belonging and achievement among our young participants.

‘’Here's to celebrating youth football, our community, and the enduring spirit of sportsmanship that defines Lancaster City FC.”

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