SUFFOLK FA are to stage a virtual KBB Grassroots Festival.
The end-of-season festival was scheduled to take place at Whitton United FC in Ipswich on Saturday and Sunday but has been postponed due to COVID-19.
This year’s Euro 2020 themed festival was set to be the biggest yet, with more than 200 teams signed up before the grassroots season was suspended and then ended due to the pandemic.
Suffolk FA Mini-Soccer and Youth Football Development Officer James Morley, who co-organises the annual event, came up with the idea to put on a virtual festival instead.
He said: “With no football able to take place during the current pandemic we wanted to flashback to previous Grassroots Festivals which have taken place over the last eight years.
“Over the course of the weekend we will flashback using tweets which were posted during the previous festivals. There will also be statistics highlighting the growth the festival has undergone throughout the years and plenty of photographs showing the festival in full swing.
“We would love for you to get involved by posting pictures of either yourself, your team, your club or anyone else who has enjoyed the festival over the past number of years.
“It would be good to hear any stories and memories from your favourite moments at previous Grassroots Festivals which you would like to share with us.
“Football isn’t the most important thing for a lot of people in the current climate, but hopefully this flashback festival weekend will provide a quick break to remember enjoyable times with your team in the sunshine, playing, watching but most importantly enjoying football. Coming together as a Suffolk football community will hopefully bring smiles and positive memories.
“If you would like to join us on Saturday and Sunday for the KBB Suffolk FA Flashback Festival, please use social media to post. We will be using Twitter and Instagram across the weekend, so please use the Hashtag #KBBGRFFlashback with any post.”