SUFFOLK County Schools’ Football Association has thanked competing teams after deciding to cancel this season’s cup competitions.
The decision was made in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in all football being suspended indefinitely across the country.
SCSFA Secretary Ruth Ward said: “Although we were unable to complete this season’s SCSFA Cup fixtures due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to say a huge thank you and well done to all the teams that took part in this season’s competitions.
“The standard and participation of football within schools in Suffolk is on the rise and this season we saw over 320 teams enter our cup competition over the nine categories from under-12s to under-18s. We had 87 girls’ teams and 233 mixed teams take part.
“As of March 16th when the FA made the difficult but correct decision to postpone all football activity, we had managed to get most of our quarter-final matches played and had the semi-final fixtures set to be played by our original deadline of the Easter holidays.
“Well done to all the teams for getting through to this stage of the competition.”
Thurston Community College are pictured above after winning last season's Boys' Under-18 Cup.
Semi Final line-ups
East Bergholt v Thomas Gainsborough
Northgate v Hadleigh or Benjamin Britten
Hartismere or Horringer v Northgate
East Point Academy v Benjamin Britten or Farlingaye
East Bergholt or Thomas Mills v Hartismere
Bungay v Kesgrave
Benjamin Britten or Farlingaye v Debenham
King Edward VI or Thurston v St Benedicts
East Bergholt v Chantry
Stour Valley or St Albans v Thomas Gainsborough or St Josephs
Northgate v Kesgrave
Thomas Gainsborough v St Josephs or Sir John Leman
Chantry v Copleston
Debenham v East Bergholt
Chantry v Holbrook or Hartismere
Benjamin Britten or St Benedicts v East Bergholt
East Bergholt v King Edward VI or Alde Valley
Bungay v Stowmarket
Ruth Ward continued: “Although these schools will rightly be disappointed they didn’t get the chance to try to secure their place in the finals due to be played during May, we hope to see them back again next season to try to equal or better their achievement.
“A huge thank you to all the teachers, staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure students have the best football experience and we look forward to seeing you again next season.”