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Cumbria's largest football tournament

Two hundred football teams from across Cumbria will take to the pitches in Penrith.

More than 2,000 youngsters from across Cumbria will be among almost 200 teams taking part in Cumbria's largest free football festival.

Supporters are urged to turn out in force at Frenchfields for Cumberland FA's annual Charter Standard Festival. The emphasis of the weekend will be on fun with clubs having the opportunity to play against different teams from across the county.

This year Cumberland FA will once again be helping to raise funds for CFM's Cash for Kids and brand new for this year, the 'Ladies with Pink Scarves' Charity.

The annual season closer, now in its seventh year is open to the county's grassroots clubs who are FA Charter Standard or working towards. This is awarded for dedication to their players' wellbeing and professional standards within the game.

On the Saturday more than 1,000 boys and girls, aged eight to 12 will display their skills. The boys' under-eight teams and girls aged nine to 16 will cross the white line to play on the Sunday.

Everyone taking part will be presented with a certificate and each team will receive a football courtesy of Cumberland FA.

The festival, supported by Eden District Council, has seen a huge growth in popularity since its launch in 2005 with more than 5000 players taking part over the years.

Players will be able to test their skills in a football cage over the weekend during intervals between matches, kindly supplied by Cumbria Fire Service.

Cumberland FA's County Development Manager Craig Lewis said:

"This year's festival will be the biggest, best and most exciting yet and we hope people turn out in force. Last year was the largest on record and we are going to top that this year with 30 more teams taking part over the weekend. It is a wonderful celebration of football for fans and players and will show the enjoyment and health benefits that football can provide to everyone."

– Craig Lewis