The chance to play for their country in front of crowds of thousands – that’s the tantalising offer to players who take part in the popular 6 a side football league that takes place in Crawley.
The competition is organised and run by Leisure Leagues – Europe’s largest provider of 6 a side football – and takes place at Broadfield Academy on Thursday.
In addition to a great chance to get fit in the New Year and run off the excesses of Christmas, each player could find themselves on the plane to the European 6 a side Championships in 2015 thanks to a very special prize as Leisure Leagues’ Ian Arnold explains: “As part of the prize package available, the player of the season in the league will receive a certificate inviting them to try out to get in the England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland 6 a side team and potentially play in the European Championships next year!”
The prize comes from Leisure Leagues being affiliated to the UK Minifootball Association, who run the official 6 a side teams for the countries, but it is not just the Player Of The Season that could benefit, as Ian adds: “The referees in the competition will all have scouting cards, so anyone that stands out could find themselves in the mix for a spot themselves. It doesn’t matter how good or bad the team is, if you catch the eye then it could be you in for the chance of a lifetime.”
The 2014 event has just taken place in Montenegro, with crowds of thousands watching the games and matches being beamed live to 12 countries around Europe.
Even if you don’t manage to represent your country then a top class league is assured, with qualified referees, all equipment provided and the strongest discipline structure in small sided football ensuring there is a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour, as well as the very best trophies and medals for the top two teams in the league.
Leisure Leagues is the only not for profit organisation running a nationwide network of leagues, and all profits from the leagues are donated to charities and good causes.
Anyone who wants to join the leagues in Crawley can ring 0333 123 2340 or visit www.leisureleagues.net